Acting Northern province Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Kaunda, has asked the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, ZESCO, to consider upgrading Chishimba and Luzuwa Hydro-Electric power
stations in Kasama and Mbala district.
Mr Kaunda is of the view that expanding the two hydroelectric power stations could help address the intermittent power supply in the province.
Mr Kaunda made the call in Kasama during the opening of the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC) meeting being held at the Pastoral Centre.
Mr Kaunda said the province was concerned with the intermittent power supply as it was impacting negatively on the development prospects of the area.
He observed that the two hydro power stations had the potential to generate up to 50megawatts of electricity which was more that the province’s requirement.
Chgishimba and Luzuwa hydro power station are currently generating below five (5) mega watts of electricity.
Mr Kaunda also said there was need for ZESCO to spread the risk of investment in hydro power generation by investing in other provinces.
He said there has been a lot of concern with the current investment pattern which has since created massive investment in one river basin.
Mr Kaunda observed that in an event of climate change, the nation stands to lose a lot unlike if the investment was spread to other areas.
Northern Province has a lot of potential for hydro power generation which still remains untapped.