—The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) is currently managing about 81 projects in the energy sector aimed at increasing electricity generation, transmission and distribution capacity across the country.
President Micheal Sata disclosed on his facebook page today that the projects are at various stages which include feasibility studies, financing, appraisal and implementation.
President Sata said 18 projects are focused on generation infrastructure development, 15 are focused on transmission infrastructure development and 48 are on distribution infrastructure development countrywide.
“I wish to share with you our Government’s progress in the implementation of projects aimed at increasing electricity generation, transmission and distribution capacity across the country. Government through ZESCO is currently managing about 81 projects to improve the performance of the value chain, in order to facilitate for wealth creation and improved livelihood of our people,” the President said.
He named some of the projects as the Kariba North Bank Extension with a capacity of 360 Mega Watt (MW) that was installed and additional 180MW generators commissioned under the project.
The Kariba North Bank Power Station – increased power supply from the existing generating plant of 60MW; Lunzua 14.8MW hydro scheme – current progress-rate is over 65 percent completed and the Lusiwasi Upper 15MW hydro scheme – generation increase by 15MW.
Others capital investment projects that are still pending are Lusiwasi Lower 86MW hydro scheme, Chishimba 14.8mw hydro scheme; Musonda Falls 10MW hydro scheme, Kapishya 2MW Geothermal, Itezhi Tezhi 120MW hydro scheme – project to increase rural access to electricity and the Kafue Gorge Lower 750MW hydro scheme project will reduce load shedding.
Mr. Sata added that government allocated US$255 million of the euro bond in 2012, US$186 million for the Kafue Gorge Lower Project and US$69 million to finance selected distribution projects.
He urged the private sector to partner with government so that the projects being implemented could be completed and end load shedding permanently as well as expand rural access to electricity.
“It is my hope that the private sector will partner with government so we complete the above projects and end load shedding permanently as well as expand rural access to electricity,” Mr. Sata said.