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.