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Friday, January 24, 2020

Power deficit a wake-up call – ERB

Economy Power deficit a wake-up call – ERB

Energy Regulations Board (ERB) offices
Energy Regulations Board (ERB) offices

The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) says the power deficit the country is facing is a wake-up call on the need to come up with cost reflective electricity tariffs.

ERB Executive Director Langiwe Lungu says the electricity crisis is also what the country needed to begin to appreciate other alternative sources of energy.

Ms Lungu says the electriERB ED LangiweHLungucity crisis is also a reflection of the sub-economical electricity tariffs being charged by ZESCO.

She notes that if the country had cost reflective electricity tariffs, there would have been more investments in power generation by now.

Ms. Lungu was speaking to Journalists in Lusaka this afternoon after a tour of Liquefied Petroleum Gas suppliers namely Afrox Zambia Limited, Oryx Oil Zambia Limited and Muhanya Solar Limited.

Speaking during the tour of his company, Afrox Zambia Limited Regional Manager Victor Kapanda noted the need for government to consider setting up strategic storage reserves for Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Mr. Kapanda says because of not having Liquefied Petroleum Gas readily available in the country, his company is now importing the gas from South Africa the reason why its price for the 1kg cylinder which used to be sold at K13 is now at K19.

He says in view of the fact that Indeni is currently not producing LPG; government should consider waiving duty on imported Liquefied Petroleum Gas as way of supporting growth and demand for gas as an alternative source of energy.

And Oryx Oil Zambia Limited Managing Director Dansel Sannigadu observed the need to improve on the capacity of transporters of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in Zambia.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Surely are you waking up to the fact now? You were happy to receive a fat salary all this time for doing absolutely nothing!!

  2. Don’t speak about tariffs again you incompetent fo.ol!! You could have developed your infrastructure to actually be a net exporter of power in the region! What income base does Zambia even have to attribute incompetence to low tariffs??? I don’t understand why even modern, young, energetic professionals fall prey to silly mediocrity and suck up to political whims. One day you shall all answer for your incompetence. To whom I am not sure but hope it will be to a kind justice.

  3. Termites make their dens when the soil is soft; birds make their nests before it rains; so sung the great Leonard Dembo (Late). Surely, you wake up when all the belongings of the house are soaked? Where is the wisdom in all this? Busy conniving with oil marketing firms on how to fleece ordinary people with wrong pump prices; ignoring to strategise on energy generation infrastructure. Shame on you; electioneering for 5 years has resulted in the worst kind of suffering for our people.

  4. Comment Why increase tariffs, 1st think of reducing costs by removing cadres with personnel holder vehicles in ZESCO. And let ZESCO start Publishing their Financial Statements in the public media so that we see how this viable company is failing to tick.

  5. Comment:@ jay jay, you are dull. Tell me who should have thought of that?UNIP,MMD or PF. Now everything is FF. You are a joke. These are projects mind you, and you should known how long they take in your little brain.

  6. Comment:@ jay jay, you are dull. Tell me who should have thought of that?UNIP,MMD or PF. Now everything is PF. You are a joke. These are projects mind you, and you should known how long they take in your little brain.

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