Energy Minister Dora Siliya has revealed that over US$40 million was spent to import 148 MW of emergency power between September and December 2015.
The power was imported from Aggreko Mozambique, a subsidiary of Aggreko Plc, the world’s largest temporary power generation company, headquartered in Glasgow.
Ms. Siliya told Parliament in a ministerial statement that out of that amount, Government transferred US$32.5 million to ZESCO to help finance the power importation arrangements.
She said ZESCO paid the remainder of US$7.5 million to Aggreko.
Ms. Siliya also revealed that Zambia is still facing a power deficit of 1,000 MW largely due to low water levels recorded at most of the country’s hydro stations.
She also disclosed that a ship from Kapowership from Turkey has arrived at the port of Nacala in Mozambique which will provide with the first 100 MW and later increase the imports to 200 MW.
Ms. Siliya said the power from Turkey will replace the power from Aggreko who were supplying 148 MW from September to December 2015.
She stated that ZESCO is currently importing power at a higher rate than the price the utility was selling to its customers.
Ms. Siliya said ZESCO is importing power at 18.34 cents per Kilowatt and selling at 5 cents per kilo to its customers.
The Energy Minister also stated that the load management schedule issued by ZESCO is now been followed effectively.
Ms. Siliya further revealed that during the festive season, the country enjoyed stable supply of electricity mainly due to increased load availability because of the industrial break.
She also revealed that a further 150MW from Mozambique’ Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) at 14 cents Kilowatts per hour bringing the total of $10 million dollars a month.
And Ms Siliya has revealed that there has been a slight rise in the water levels at Kariba dam.
She however said the water levels have not still significantly risen to give hope that the situation at the dam will improve soon.
The Energy Minister also revealed that Zambia’s power exports to Namibia have fallen to only 33 MW during off-peak.