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ZESCO gets Loan to connect all districts in North-Western Province to national grid

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ZESCO Muzuma substation being upgraded to KV 330 (from KV 220) in order to be connected to the national grid as soon as the Maamba coal plant station is commissioned
ZESCO Muzuma substation being upgraded to KV 330 (from KV 220) in order to be connected to the national grid as soon as the Maamba coal plant station is commissioned
ZESCO Limited has obtained a US$163 million loan from Standard Bank of South Africa and the Swedish Export Credit Corporation that is being used to finance the connection of all districts in North-Western Province to the national electricity grid.

Only Solwezi and Kasempa are connected to the grid while Mwinilunga was commissioned last month.
The rest of the province is powered by diesel generators, which is costly since Zesco spends huge sums of money in operations and maintenance of the diesel stations.

According to a statement issued by the Zesco marketing and public relations department, the project to connect North-Western Province to the national electricity grid started on April 14, 2014.

“This project includes the connection of Mwinilunga, Mufumbwe, Kabompo, Manyinga, Mumbezhi, Zambezi, Chavuma and Lukulu in Western Province.

“The project is being implemented at a total cost of US$163 million. Financing for the project is through a loan from the Swedish Export Credit Corporation and Standard Bank of South Africa,” it states.

The expected completion date of the entire project is July 2017 while Mufumbwe will be connected next month and the other districts will follow.

Connection of the region to the grid will see an end to power rationing and will enable the company to channel saved resources to other areas of its operations.

“The connection of the province to the grid will stimulate economic growth in sectors such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, among others. The customers will also experience improved quality of electricity supply, and the districts will experience cleaner energy and a drastic reduction in pollution both in noise and air quality,” it states.

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  1. We have been hearing about this project for the last 3 years with the same amount of money being mentioned! So when will this project be completed? From the article: “The expected completion date of the entire project is July 2017 while Mufumbwe will be connected next month and the other districts will follow.” – THE PROJECT IS ALREADY BEHIND SCHEDULE and NO ONE IS EXPLAINING! In ADDITION TO PRIORITIZING STRONGHOLDS, LUNGU SHOULD SERIOUSLY LOOK AT BRINGING NWESTERN PROVINCE AND CB RURAL ON BOARD by DELIVERING DEVELOPMENT! NW DESERVES BETTER THAN SOME UNGRATEFUL PROVINCES!!NW and CB RURAL are just BEING RECRUITED IN UPND’s TRIBALISM BUT WITH PROPER STRATEGIES THEY CAN BREAK RANKS and MOVE WITH THE REST OF ZAMBIA!!

    • Bwaafya, Lufwanyama has seen massive development including electrification but PF lost. The other Rural copperbelt areas such as Kafulafuta and Masaiti managed to give PF two MPs. I haven’t been to this areas for nearly ten years so I can’t talk about development which has taken place in these two districts

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