By KELLY NJOMBO
ELECTRICITY supply company, Zesco, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two advisory service and engineering consultancy companies to pave way for the construction of the 750-megawatt Kafue Gorge lower hydro-electricity project.
The companies are CPCS Transcom International of Canada and SMEC International of Australia.
CPCS Transcom International and SMEC International, will provide advisory and consultancy services for the construction of the Kafue Gorge lower hydro-electricity project to add capacity to the network once completed.
Zesco Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu said the current rise in electricity demand has prompted the company to embark on the construction of the Kafue Gorge lower power project and many others to avoid the country drifting back into load-shedding.
Mr Chitundu urged the consultancy firms to expedite work because any delays in the development of the project would impact negatively on the construction schedule and that the power project was expected to take four to five years to complete.
â€œSimilarly to our engineering consultant we expect you to deliver quality contract documents that will give clear designs and scope of work for the contractors,â€ Mr Chitundu said at the signing of the MoU in Lusaka yesterday.
He said any ambiguities in the tender documents would lead to valuable time being wasted on resolving disputes instead of progress.
Mr Chitundu said the signing of the two contracts marks a major milestone in the development of the project.
And SMEC International representative Stayford Phiri said the firm was committed to contributing to the development of the country by delivering quality services.
Earlier CPCS Transcom representative Glory Jonga said the Kafue Gorge lower hydro-electric project was one of the key projects not only in Zambia but in southern Africa.
He said the firm has assembled a world-class team that will deliver to Zescoâ€™s expectations.
By KELLY NJOMBO