ZAMBIAN GOVT SPENDS 480 MLN USD ON POWER IMPORTS THIS YEAR

The Zambian government has spent about 489 million US dollars this year to import power from neighbouring countries to cushion the power deficit which the nation had been experiencing, says Minister of Energy David Mabumba.

The Energy Ministry is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the country’s power deficit is addressed, the Minister said told a media briefing here Tuesday, adding that Zambia and Zimbabwe planned to construct a hydro-electric dam on the Batoka Gorge between the two countries.

The two countries, which are separated by the Zambesi River, also plan to construct separate power plants which are expected to generate 1,200 megawatts (MW) each.

He said the Ministry also plans to identify four potential sites on the Luapula River which have potential to generate a total of 1,000 MW of power. The Development Bank of Southern Africa has provided a grant worth 6.0 million USD to undertake feasibility studies on the Luapula River basin.

He said the Energy Ministry would also ensure that transmission lines are maintained to enhance inter-connector corridors.

Mabumba also noted that the government would allow the private sector to procure petroleum products and next year, the Ministry will begin a gradual process to build capacity in the private sector to enable them to procure petroleum products.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

[related_post themes="text" id="58722"]