CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Livingstone
FEASIBILITY studies for the construction of the US$59 million Zimbabwe- Zambia-Botswana-Namibia (ZIZABONA) power project have advanced with the project scheduled for completion in 2019.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said in an interview here yesterday that the feasibility studies on the ZIZABONA project are being run by the southern Africa power pool project unit.
Mr Kapata said the project involves the construction of a 10 kilometres stretch of 330 kilovolts transmission line from Victoria Falls to Mukuni area in Livingstone and a 101km of 330 kv transmission line from Hwange substation in Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.
He said another 330 kv transmission line will be constructed on a stretch of 200 km from Mukuni area to Sesheke district.
Mr Kapata said another 330 kv transmission line will be constructed from Victoria Falls to Pandamatenga substation in Botswana.
“The ZIZABONA project is meant to enhance reliable power trade in the region. The project is also meant to strengthen security of supply and meet the growing demand for electricity in the region,” Mr Kapata said.
Mr Kapata said several power transmission projects are in the pipe line such as the 330 kv transmission line from Pensulo in Serenje to Mansa and the Kabwe-Pensulo-Serenje 330 kv transmission line.
Others are the Kariba lake shore bottom road electrification project, Chipata-Lundazi-Chama 132 kv transmission line and Mungwi Northern Province electrification project.
He said the improvement of power supply in Mpika district is also on cards while the connection of Luangwa district to the national grid is currently at 50 percent.
Mr Kapata also indicated that the Lusaka Multi-Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) transmission project is currently 60 percent done.