Vice President Inonge Wina has asked China to help to mitigate the Zambia’s energy deficiency.
Mrs. Wina says this is because Zambia to develop her nuclear energy potential to speed up development.
She says there is need for the nation to explore nuclear energy as an alternative energy source in order to meet the rising demand for power in areas such as mining, manufacturing, commerce, agriculture and domestic use, among others.
ZANIS reports that the Vice President said this after touring Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC) in Chengdu, China on her continued week long official working visit.
Dongfang Electric which was established in 1958, is China’s and one of the world’s leading power generation equipment manufacturing company with markets across the globe.
The multibillion dollar firm that specializes in hydro, thermal, nuclear power projects among others, also supplied the two 150 megawatts power generation equipment at the coal powered thermal plant in Maamba.
Zambia has huge deposits of Uranium which should be used to address the energy deficiency in the country, she said.
She added that Zambia is exploring alternative energy sources and nuclear power can be ideal for generation and supply to the mining sector that is undertaking expansion activities.
” For a long time Zambia has depended on hydro power generation. We have reached point where we have to diversify energy generation to other sources. We want to go into nuclear energy, ” she said.
The Vice President says there will be need to sensitize Zambians that nuclear energy is safe and would not be used for creation of bombs as other people would think.
And President of Dongfang Electric Corporation Zou Lie says his company will consider Zambia’s request for assistance to develop nuclear power.
Mr. Lei says his firm is keen to assist Zambia develop her energy sector by improving her power generation through efficient power projects.
He said the use of technology is the ideal way of ensuring that Zambia and Africa benefit to bring development to their people.