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Energy Minister assures Zambians of zero load shedding this year

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Energy Minister, Mathew Nkhuwa

Energy Minister, Mathew Nkhuwa has assured the nation that there will be no load shedding in the country through-out 2018.

Mr. Nkhuwa said the current water levels at all power generating plants are full and sufficient enough to provide consistent electricity supply throughout the year.

In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Nkhuwa said the country has got excess 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation.

The Minister disclosed that Zambia has got 2,900 MW of electricity and the country uses 2,200 MW at the peak.

“We’ve 2,900 MW of electricity and the country uses 2,200MW at its peak. The dams are full and therefore, Zambia has got excess of 700 MW power to cushion electricity generation,” he said.

The Minister said the power utility firm Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, (ZESCO) is a strategically positioned to fulfill its mandate.

Mr. Nkhuwa stressed that his Ministry and ZESCO is working with the Zambezi River Authority to ensure that the Kariba dam has enough water to optimize power generation in the country.

Recently, Zambezi River Authority Director of Water Resources and Environmental Management, Christopher Chisense disclosed that the operations of the Authority are solely dependent on the weather and climate data update from the meteorological department.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nkhuwa has categorically denied assertions that Mufulira on the Copperbelt province is experiencing load shedding.

“There must be just a mere fault and not load shedding in the town of Mufulira,” Mr. Nkhuwa said.

And Mr. Nkhuwa said Zambia is committed to dismantling the US$53 million owed to Mozambique.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Fred Mwape
    So we even owe Mozambique, a country much poorer than us a colossal amount? What an embarrassing state of affairs. How does a rich man owe a poor man? Means rich man has been reckless with his money or has no clue about money matters. Lets pay back the Mozambican loan as a matter of urgency before they take us to court.
  2. Jay Jay
    "And Mr. Nkhuwa said Zambia is committed to dismantling the US$53 million owed to Mozambique" I wonder why you have not paid them ..you had funds for pointless airline and firetrucks but cant pay bills. I wonder how much loadshedding cost the country in full...so one more bad rainy season and we are back again to loadshedding this is why we need solar farms.
  3. Jay Jay
    "We’ve 2,900 MW of electricity and the country uses 2,200MW at its peak. The dams are full and therefore, Zambia has got excess of 700 MW power to cushion electricity generation,” he said You wonder why this govt is hell bent on building Nuclear plant if its not for kickbacks
  4. Kalok
    Service delivery is not a section to take politics. Let's just leave those utterances for 2021 or something. 2018 is done - people are still complaining. And you say nothing will happen throughout the year. We pumbavu. Pathetic.