Sinohydro project Manager Mr Ying Feng Zeng shows Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata the new turbine to be installed at the new Musonda Falls Power station. The Musonda falls power station is being upgraded from 5 to 10 Mega Watts. Picture By Jean Mandela
Sinohydro project Manager Mr Ying Feng Zeng shows Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata the new turbine to be installed at the new Musonda Falls Power station. The Musonda falls power station is being upgraded from 5 to 10 Mega Watts. Picture By Jean Mandela

ZESCO has disclosed that the upgrading of Musonda Zesco Power Plant at the cost of 45 million US Dollars in Mwense District of Luapula Province from the current 5 mega watts to 10 by a Chinese Contractor, Sino-Hydro has reached 70 per cent.

Zesco Spokesperson Henry Kapata disclosed this to the media.

Mr. Kapata said four turbines out the five from the old plant have been sunk in place and the additional one will be sunk in its place before December to make the old plant operational which will initially supply 5 mega watts for the province.

He further disclosed that a crane has also been positioned on the new plant which will also sink the other five turbines on the new plant in two months’ time and the province will have the additional five mega watts at its disposal.

Mr. Kapata explained that the power demand for the Province stands at 16 mega watts and the provision of 10 mega watts from Musonda Zesco Plant once the works are complete will mean only six mega watts will come from the national grid.

Sino Hydro Project Manager WingFeng Zeng confirmed that the works were on schedule and will deliver the project for commissioning within record time.

Mr. Zeng disclosed that the project initially started with 300 employees but has increased the workforce to 500 to speed up the works.

Sinohydro project Manager Mr Ying Feng Zeng shows Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata the new turbine to be installed at the new Musonda Falls Power station. The Musonda falls power station is being upgraded from 5 to 10 Mega Watts. Picture By Jean Mandela
Sinohydro project Manager Mr Ying Feng Zeng shows Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata the new turbine to be installed at the new Musonda Falls Power station. The Musonda falls power station is being upgraded from 5 to 10 Mega Watts. Picture By Jean Mandela
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  1. Ma tall-lay yenu ba fee-colour. tired of your stinking promises,you told us that you were going to connect maamba to the national grid before 12th of November,up to now you have just gone quiet about what you promised.I thought CHAPONA NGULU would fire the zesco MD for making those fuc-ked up promises to the nation.I guess he is the most FU-CK-ED UP drunkerd.

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    • PF Zesco lies, lies, lies. We will only believe it when powercuts stop. In the meantime we are dununaed with continuous 6-8 hour daily loadshedding. What a country!

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    • Good observation. 66% efficiency for 200% of normal price and you wonder why we are going backwards, Dununa Reverse.

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  2. Your language mr Omen, too too strong . You make it hard for me to complete reading through your posts .tone down and help us understand you and your valuable comments , it’s imperative . We to a large extent depend on you to set issues right some of us outside the country man. Cool down and make every one listen.

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  3. A good thing to hear but also LEARNING POINT of how UNDERDEVELOPED LUAPULA IS – Consuming only 16 MW for a population of close to 1million. NO INDUSTRIES to use the power!! Then WHY invest $2.3BN into a Railway line that HAS NO IMMEDIATE CARGO to transport INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN POWER GENERATION ON THE KALUNGWISHI and FEED THE GRID WITH 300 MW? TWISTED PRIORITIES INDEED!!

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    • Power is the rate at which work is performed or energy is transmitted. Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work.

      What is the difference between Watt and Kilowatt-hour (kWh)?

      Watt is the unit of power whereas kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of energy.

      Watt indicates the rate of using energy in J/s. You can compare this to how fast water is flowing out of a water pipe. If you have a Light bulb that has a rating of 100 watt, it means that the light bulb consumes 100 J per second.

      kWh is the unit of energy. You can compare this to the volume of water that comes out of the pipe. A 100 watt light bulb when used for an hour will consume 100 Watt-hour of energy which is 0.1 kWh of energy.

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  4. The upgrade is too expensive. The cost of parts were probably inflated to steal some money. An increase of 5MW at $45 million is too much at $9m/MW. It costs about $3million per MW here in SA and most of the countries to build a power station. There is massive plundering at ZESCO.

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    • Good observation. SHiwangandu at 1MW cost $5 million. Since this project is on an existing site there was no money spent on access roads

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    • Power is the rate at which work is performed or energy is transmitted. Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work.

      What is the difference between Watt and Kilowatt-hour (kWh)?
      Watt is the unit of power whereas kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of energy.

      Watt indicates the rate of using energy in J/s. You can compare this to how fast water is flowing out of a water pipe. If you have a Light bulb that has a rating of 100 watt, it means that the light bulb consumes 100 J per second.

      kWh is the unit of energy. You can compare this to the volume of water that comes out of the pipe. A 100 watt light bulb when used for an hour will consume 100 Watt-hour of energy which is 0.1 kWh of energy.

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    • 16MW is the amount of power consumed at any given time, i.e assume that all electric appliances and machinery in Luapula were to be switched on at the same time, they will consume 16MW of power, hence the capacity of generation should meet this consumption level. But for a province, this is too low and it means the province is extremely poor and under-developed. More manufacturing and service industries are needed to boost the quality of life in this area.

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