MAKOKWA KOZI, Lusaka
ZESCO has embarked on a US$34,719,389 project to increase generation capacity of the Musonda Falls hydro-power station in Luapula Province.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said in an interview that the upgrading of the station was necessitated by high demand for electricity in Luapula Province.
â€œThe project is aimed at increasing the generation capacity from the current five megawatts to 10 megawatts in order to meet the demand for electricity in the province,â€ Mr Kapata said.
He said Zesco has engaged Sinohydro Corporation Limited of China to upgrade Musonda Falls hydro-power station.
Mr Kapata said it will take 18 months to complete the project.
â€œThe objective of this project is to raise the power generation capacity of the station from the current five megawatts to 10 megawatts by putting up two units which
will generate a capacity of 2.1 megawatts each,â€ Mr Kapata said.
He said apart from upgrading the power station, a complete overhaul will be done to replace outdated machinery.
Mr Kapata said the overhaul will involve maintenance of the powerhouse electromechanical equipment and provision of a new penstock, among other works.
Meanwhile, Mr Kapata says Musonda Falls hydro-power station will be shut down for 18 months to pave way for works.
He said the power utility has already put in place measures to provide alternative power during the shutdown period.