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Vubwi to get connected to power grid

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
VUBWI district will be connected to the national grid after an installation of a 33- kilovolt (Kv) line is completed in February next year.
Zesco Limited Eastern Province regional manager Yobo Mukonka said works have advanced and the power utility is expected to meet the completion target.
Mr Mukonka said the construction of the 49 kilometres of the 33kV line will also have five distribution transformers in various load centres in Vubwi.
He said this during the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee (PDCC) third quarter meeting in Chipata on Friday.
“Vubwi will be connected to the national [grid] after we have completed the installation of the 33Kv line by February next year,” he said.
The newly-created district will also be a power hub after more investment is made into the interconnector project among Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.
Mr Mukonka said the neighbouring countries are expected to start tapping power from Vubwi once the project is undertaken soon.
Other projects that are being undertaken include connection of the Kasenengwa Boarding school in Chipata. Currently, Zesco Limited is constructing an 11kV line where a 750kVA transformer at Kasenengwa Boarding School will be installed.
He said once the projects are completed, the challenges of load shedding and low voltage will lessen thereby increase social and economic activities in the province.
The province has a customer base of 26,703 as at October 31, 2014 and the company has installed prepaid meters to 25, 755 customers.



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