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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Zambia to Supply EA Electricity

It’s not only Zambia safari that is important in this country. Energy from water is a natural resource in abundance. And so Zambia will power the electricity inter-connector project for East Africa (EA). This giant project will cost an estimated US $350 million. That’s 350 mega bucks…!

Promotion manager for private power investment in the ministry of energy in Zambia John Wright said the project will use a public sector approach. The initial component in the inter-connector project will be the development of a 700-kilometre power line from Serenje in Zambia to Mbeya in Tanzania. This four-nation project involves Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Completion of the project is expected to in 2009.

Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco Limited) managing director Rhodnie Sisala said the electricity inter-connector would be a common link to connect east and southern Africa including South Africa. Zambia is already connected to southern Africa through the Kariba Dam hydro power station.

Lake Kariba on the Zambezi River provides both water for electricity and quality time for leisure. Water sports and lakeshore lodges are great…but then I digress...

Rhodnie Sisala said the project had the full backing of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). It is one way to promote development infrastructure in Africa. The funds for the electricity inter-connector project are likely to come from any of the three banks; African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa and the World Bank.


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