Load Shedding will be history by December next year-Yaluma
LOAD SHEDDING will be history by December next year, Mines, Energy and Water Development minister Christopher Yaluma has said.
Mr Yaluma said Government had set December 2014 as the target to end constant power cuts that had rocked the country for the past six years.
He was speaking during a media briefing after touring the ongoing construction of Phase one of the 300 mega watts of a thermal power plant at Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) in Sinazongwe district, on Wednesday.
“By December next year load shedding will be a thing of the past. This is because of the future planning the Government and ZESCO have committed themselves to and as government we appreciate the work that has been done by MCL,” he said.
“There has been wholesale load shedding by the national power utility company. The country has experienced serious problems, instead of carrying out reasonable rationing of power,” he said.
Mr Yaluma said this was because of the way the power network had been configured which he said had extended constraints to the manufacturing and mining sectors.
He urged MCL management and staff to maintain high safety standards at all times.
MCL resident director Ashwin Devineni said 50 per cent of the work on the thermal power plant had been done and that Phase one was earmarked to be complemented by August 2014.
Mr Devineni said the company would be briefing the Government on the progress of the power plant on a quarterly basis.
ZESCO Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu said the partnership between ZESCO and MCL would go an extra mile in reducing outages in the country.
Mr Chitundu said ZESCO would continue exploring all avenues which were aimed at increasing the quantity of electricity adding that the successful completion of the first Phase of the thermal power plant would increase the capacity of power transmission.
Sinazongwe District Commissioner Dodo Sindaza said the new investors at MCL had brought life to the district and appealed to ZESCO to ensure that the district benefited from the electricity that would generated at MCL.