The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO ) has just completed the constructed of an emergency supply power plant, at a cost of $652 000.
“We have constructed a plant with 2.5 MVA power capacity with a 66 to 11kV substation to connect to Avic quarry, and the whole new Sioma district,” said ZESCO spokesperson Henry Kapata
Kapata added: “We have also invested K1 million ($163 000) to set up two 400 KVA gensets in Shangombo, this will help implement development projects in the area. Shangombo is being linked to Angola through a canal being constructed, this will increase cross border trade.”
As plans to curb blackouts continue in the southern African state, four development banks have agreed to lend $142 million to help fund construction of the 120MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower project. This independent power project (IPP) is being developed in conjunction with Itezhi-Tezhi Power Corp, which is a joint venture between Tata Africa and state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corp (Zesco).
The southern African nation has recently been facing recurrent load shedding which has raised concern among the community. Demand for power in Zambia has been growing steadily over the past few years and currently stands at around 1 700MW.
Further delayed investments in transmission and distribution systems have also led to depleting power transmission & distribution capacity.