Zambia – Zambia will begin importing power to alleviate the current power deficit being experienced in the county.

As a result of a power deficit of 560 MW, Zambia plans to cut power supplies to mines by up to 30% amid low water levels at its hydro-electric projects due to drought, while state-owned utility Zesco is rationing electricity until the rainy season starts.

At a media briefing on Monday government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said that Zambia’s cabinet has authorised Zesco to import 100 MW of power at a cost of US$60 million to cover for the electricity deficit between now and December.

Zesco has also been directed to ensure that the power generation projects under construction and scheduled for completion this year – the 120 MW Itezhi-tezhi hydro power station and 150 MW Maamba collieries’ coal-fired power station – are commissioned as planned to boost electricity supply.

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