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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Zesco urged to adopt new strategy

Economy Zesco urged to adopt new strategy

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.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. There is so much water going to worst in Luapula and Northern province,its a pity ZESCO and GRZ have been sleeping all this time.Zambia has More than 50% of the water in Southern Africa and everyday we have power cuts.Shame on you Chi GRZ and stupid ZESCO!!

  2. Zesco should stop exporting electricity to other countries in order to supply want the economy demands, why should the company export electricity when almost all rural areas dont have electricity.Indeed they should adopt new strategies and GRZ should do something about spreading development to other areas.

  3. I mwe ba zescolo na mapolo yanu you your loadsheding is pathetic! how can you cut out one area twice per day and only bring power at night when we are asleep we dont pay for power so that we can only use it while sleeping *****s!!!!

  4. THE NEW STRATEGY ZESCO WILL ADOPT MOST LIKELY IS TO INCREASE THE TARRIFS AGAIN.ITS CHEAPER AND COST SAVING ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RULING PARTY WHICH BENEFITS FROM SUCH COMPANIES.HOW WILL MMD BUY CARS AND BICYCLES FOR THEIR COMPAIGNS IF THEY START DEVELOPING NEW POWER STATIONS? COMMON ZEDIANS WILL RATHER FUND THE RUNNING OF ZESCO THATS MAXIMISING PROFITS.I DONT EVEN KNOW IF ZESCO HAS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS OR PLANNERS TO STRATEGIZE NEW DEVELOPMENT OTHERWISE WE WILL REMAIN THE STAGNANT ########%%%%%%%

  5. The acting PS is right, Im sure he was talking from about power supply.
    Ba PS lets stop complain about ZESCO and ERB because the management at these institutions have run out of ideas. If you ask them how they will solve this problem, they don’t have answers except to increase tarrifs.
    I wonder if in ZESCO or at ERB they have have Research and Development Departments!!!!! Of course I know that they have sections which look at hiking of traffifs.

  6. What these guys ought to have done is plan’how long are the generators gone operator’.I understand that was and is far from they minds,plis do something b4 all the genes go down.

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