CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has urged power supply companies to expedite the installation of power supply meters on their transmission facilities to guarantee constant supply of electricity.
ERB southern region senior manager Steven Mwiinga said the project to install the supply meters is a capital project for the companies and will be done in phases by power utility companies.
Mr Mwiinga said the ERB will conduct inspections twice annually to ensure compliance.
He said this during a media tour of US$500 million Maamba coal thermal power plant organised by Maamba Collieries Limited (MCL) as part of the commemoration of 20 years of ERB’s existence.
“We want to ensure they [power utility companies] put in place equipment to ensure they supply quality electricity,” he said.
He said the thermal power project is significantly contributing to the power supply in the country.
Mr Mwiinga commended MCL for the impressive thermal power generation initiative whose compliance levels are above 90 percent.
He said the thermal plant is also environmentally friendly as it has negligible dust emissions.
“They trap all the dust from burning coal through the electrostatic precipitator which is an efficient system to ensure they are in conformity with the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) regulations,” Mr Mwiinga said.
And MCL mining general manager David Vijay-Kumar said the company has completed all the tests with Zesco and other relevant authorities to fully operate the 300 megawatts plant.
Mr Vijay-Kumar said MCL is also conducting coal exploration works.