A-water reservoir which provides water for power generation at Musonda Hydro power station.
A-water reservoir which provides water for power generation at
Musonda Hydro power station.

ZESCO Limited says works to upgrade the Musonda hydro power station in Luapula province have advanced with 85 percent work done.

Speaking in an interview with ZNBC news from Musonda falls in Mwense Luapula province, ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata said much of the 15 percent left is to do with the new substation being constructed.

Mr. Kapata says the 45 million U.S dollar project is expected to be completed on November 11, 2017.

Currently the Musonda falls generates 5 mega watts of power and will be producing 10 mega watts once upgraded.

The power demand for Luapula Province stands at 15 mega watts.

Mr. Kapata said the power station has brand new turbines which have since been installed

The ZESCO spokesperson further says Luapula province will also benefit from the construction of the 1200 mega watts power plant on the Luapula River to be done by Zambia and Congo D.R. with five possible cites already identified.

He said ZESCO will in the near future construct a 330 KV transmission line from Pensulo in Serenje to Mansa

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  1. Currently the Musonda falls generates 5 mega watts of power and will be producing 10 mega watts once upgraded.

    The power demand for Luapula Province stands at 15 mega watts.
    SO THE PROBLEM OF POWER WILL REMAIN THE SAME

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  2. iAM NOT AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER BUT I DONT THINK THESE POWER DEMAND FIGURES ARE NIT CORRECT REVISIT FIGURES BEFORE YAPPING , COS FROM 15 mw DEMAND IT MEANS FOR ZAMBIA WITH 10 PROVINCES 500MW is a good guess considering that other provinces consume more power than others. Now currently power suppy is above 500MW BUT DEFICIT IS SO MUCH

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    • @2 ANYOKOoo things do not work that way!! You would see that over 70% of power is consumed by the mines! So your law of averages in this case cannot work! The only worry in this case is that the power upgrade at $45million has only added 5Mw and still leaving a deficit of 5 MW. In the past we were being told that once the line from Pensulo is completed, them Luapula would benefit from more power via Pensulo line from Northern Province but again Kapata is talking about the Pensulo line!

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  3. ZESCO the worst organisation in the world. I hope my comment will challenge them to spring to life. I wish you well zesco

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  4. So ZESCO spent $45million for a 5MW power increase which translates to $9million/MW, think the cost was inflated, the cost of a power plant world wide averages <$4m/MW. Too much stealing, briefcases of dollars from the Chinese.

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  5. As long as your man is not there you will never see good in this government. Advice :start learning to appreciate what others do for them to appreciate what you do

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