TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
ZESCO Limited intends to improve power supply to Chisamba and Chibombo by constructing a 132 kilovolts (kV) transmission line at a cost of US$14.2 million.
The Chibombo 132kV line project will increase capacity of the system to satisfy the current and future demand, and increase reliability of power supply, which will result in a reduction in interruption frequency and load shedding.
This is according to the Zesco Limited environmental impact assessment (EIA) report submitted to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) and obtained by the Daily Mail recently.
The proposed Fig Tree – Chibombo 132kV transmission line project will be financed by the World Bank and Government at 90 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
â€œGovernment recognises the need for increasing rural and peri-urban access to electricity as a strategy for poverty reduction in such areas. This strategy is being implemented through the Increased Access to Electricity Services (IAES) project.
â€œAmong the many projects being undertaken under IAES is the Fig Tree – Chibombo 132kV transmission line project. Hence, through this IAES project, Zesco intends to reinforce power supply to Chisamba and Chibombo at a total cost of US$14.2 million,â€ the report reads.
The objective of the project is to increase access to electricity services and improve efficiency and quality of electricity supply in Chisamba and Chibombo, which will in turn support the development of various sectors of the economy such as agriculture and infrastructure development in the districts.
The implementation of the project will also provide adequate and reliable supply of electricity, which is an important ingredient for further attracting meaningful investment and supporting agriculture in Chisamba and Chibombo.
Under the first component, the project will involve the upgrade of the existing Fig Tree substation.
The second and third component will comprise the construction of a 61 kilometres transmission line and the construction of a new substation in Chisamba.
The project is scheduled to be implemented over a period of one year.
TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka