Zambia-DRC power project on course

THE Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) says the second Zambia- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 220 kilovolts interconnector project is on schedule and is expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of this year.
In 2009, CEC submitted an environmental impact statement report on its plan to implement the project and it was approved.
According to the company’s consolidated audited results for the year ended December 31, 2014, issued by company secretary Julia Chaila, the project will facilitate the development of an efficient regional power market, which will decelerate the increase of electricity prices in the Southern African Development Community.
Mrs Chaila said the project is important as it will expand the current capacity of the transmission corridor between Zambia and DRC to 550 megawatts from 250 megawatts.
She said the project will also contribute to enhancing regional power trade in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and offer a firm path in support of CEC’s increasing important international power trading business.
“The second Zambia-DRC 220 kilovolts interconnector project is anticipated to be commissioned by the end of the third quarter of 2015,” she said.
The group intends to complete a feasibility study for the hydro-power station on the Luapula River this year to help increase its power generation capacity. So far, the company has spent over US$2 million on the initial studies.
Under the project, there are five hydro sites capable of generating 700 megawatts which define the border between Luapula Province in Zambia and Katanga Province in DRC.
“We will continue to develop other projects in Namibia, Sierra Leone and Zambia, including the completion of feasibility for potential hydro projects on the Luapula River,” she said.

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