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Zambia, DRC revive plans to build a power plant on Luapula River

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Zambia and the DRC on Monday signed fresh Memoranda of Understanding to revive ambitious plans to construct over 1,000-MW power stations on the Luapula River Basin as well as building new power interconnector.

The bilateral agreements initially signed in 2015 but not implemented, are jointly going to be executed by ZESCO and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) power utility SNEL will also herald a new 330 kV Solwezi – Kolwezi Interconnector.

The joint Ministerial Signing ceremony of the lnter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding and the lnter-utility Memorandum of Understanding, between the DRC and Zambia was held at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka.

Energy Minister Peter Kapala signed on behalf of Zambian Government, whilst the Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity Olivier Mwenze Mukaleng signed on behalf of the DRC.

The agreement will see the development of the 1,188 megawatts, Luapula River generation project and the Kolwezi/ Solwezi transmission line.

ZESCO Limited Managing Director Eng: Victor Mapani signing the Inter-utility document3.
ZESCO Limited Managing Director Eng: Victor Mapani signing the Inter-utility document3.
ZESCO Limited Managing Director Eng: Victor Mapani signing the Inter-utility document3.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Very good move. Not building nuclear power plant. Start the process and whoever takes over in future will finish what would have been done. That is how grz works. Kudos to you ba kapala and new dawn.

  2. Another hydro plant. Not exactly diversification of energy sources; in a dry season that will be another power plant not being able to produce power. If Lake Kariba runs dry, this Luapula plant surely also runs dry.

  3. #3 There are times when cross the Luapula river on foot around the rapids area. Yes this during the dry season.

  4. Mbote to everyone. Its looks crazy here on the blog because @Deja Vu is replying to himself using all his alaises….lol. I’m very sure that engineers have looked into everything. Have a great day.

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  5. Where is zesco going to get money from to build this power plant?
    It simply means more borrowing, just like under PF.

  6. I certainly welcome this more than the Nuclear stations. the risk of Chernobyl is much lower and the cost less than half.. I just hope the Congolese have the capacity because Inga has stalled.

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