Construction of the US$770 million Kabwelume and Kundabwika hydro power stations and a transmission power line is scheduled to start in March 2019.
When completed and fully operational, the two hydro power stations will generate a total of 163 megawatts (MW).
The two projects, which will be undertaken by the Luapula Hydro Power Corporation Limited, will not only increase power supply but will also help stabilise electricity in Northern and Luapula provinces
Project Consultant, Elenestina Mwelwa, disclosed the development during the scoping stage of the environmental and social impact assessment meeting in Kawambwa district today.
Dr. Mwelwa said when fully operational, Kabwelume falls power station will be able to generate 62 megawatts while Kundabwika falls station will produce 101 megawatts.
The whole 163 megawatts will be offloaded into the national electricity grid through the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) sub-station in Mporokoso district.
And Kawambwa residents are delighted with the upcoming project which they expect to lead to the increased economic activities in Northern and Luapula provinces and Kawambwa and Mporokoso districts in particular.
Speaking on behalf of residents, Kawambwa District Agriculture Coordinator Davis Mwansasu the hydro power projects will create employment opportunities and associated infrastructure in the two districts.
Mr. Mwansasu said the projects will also promote economic development and tourism.