Zesco signs K177m deal

ZESCO Limited has signed a K177 million contract with Alstom Grid of France for the upgrade of Kafue Town and Muzuma substations and transmission lines’ project from 220 kilovolts to 330 kilovolts.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lusaka yesterday, Zesco acting managing director Victor Mundende said the project, which is expected to be completed in 15 months, forms part of the many other projects that the power utility is working on to revamp its electricity delivery infrastructure.
This is aimed at supporting Government’s development agenda.
“Once completed, this transmission project will, among other things, improve the reliability of south-to- central Zambia transmission corridor, facilitate the evacuation of power from the coal-fired thermal plants in Maamba as well as to facilitate increased volumes of power trade between Zambia and other utilities in the Southern African Development Community region,” Mr Mundende said.
The K721,668,531 (about US$100 million) project has been split into five contracts for ease of management and to ensure Zesco gets value for money.
TBEA Company Limited of China has been engaged for supply of two 330/132kv power transformers and shunt reactors for Muzuma and Kafue town substations.
Other contractors are Chint Electric Company of China for the supply of 330/220kv power transformers and shunt reactor for Livingstone substation and Consolidated Power projects of South Africa for construction of the new 330/220kv substation in Livingstone.
Babcock Powerlines of South Africa will upgrade the 345km 220kv line to 330kv.
Alstom Grid vice-president Oliviera Ghuchard said the project will contribute to reliability of the Zesco network and facilitation of power transmission.
“We are ready to support and improve the capacity and reliability of Zesco’s equipment. We are happy for having confidence in our team and we shall deliver on time,” he said.

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