Lungu says load shedding will end soon

 

President Edgar Lungu has assured the nation that load shedding will be a thing of the past once he commissions the Kafue Gorge Lower power station which he says will produce 750 megawatts.

President Lungu says the current electricity deficit is 810 megawatts adding that the Kafue Gorge Lower power station, and other hydro-power stations that are coming into being, including solar power stations, will certainly wipe out this power deficit.

Speaking when he officially opened the fifth session of the twelfth National Assembly, Lungu said that the government has invested enough in electricity generation to turn the tide around.

“Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank our people for the understanding and the resilience they have shown during this difficult period. Government continues to recognize the importance of the energy sector in facilitating social and economic activities across different sectors,” he said.

“In 2016, we undertook to increase the country’s electricity generation capacity and access to electricity. Mr. Speaker, I am glad to report that the electricity generation capacity increased from 2,800 megawatts in 2016 to 3000 megawatts in 2020. This was a result of an addition of 160 megawatts to the existing capacity from hydro, thermal, and solar energy sources.”

Mr Lungu said that the additional sources were from the Ndola energy power plant upgrade, the Musonda Falls power station upgrades, and the Bangweulu, Ngonye and Copperbelt Energy Corporation solar plants.

“Mr. Speaker, while the electricity generation capacity has increased, the actual electricity generation has been fluctuating due to drought that has affected most of the hydropower stations, ” he said before adding that this was happening at the time when the demand for electricity has been steadily increasing.

“Mr Speaker, to address this rising demand, I am happy to report that an additional 750 megawatts of electricity is expected to come on board by the end of the year after the completion of the Kafue Gorge lower power station and the Chunga solar power project in Kafue National Park,” the President said.

“The coming on board of the Kafue Gorge lower power station will mark a major milestone in electricity generation in our country since the construction of the Kariba and Kafue Gorge power stations many years ago.”

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    Power Buddy 5 days ago

    If you want to end loadshedding you should get SOLAR – you can’t trust PF or Lungu

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    THE SAINT 6 days ago

    2,800 + 160 = 3,000.
    I understand that he got 9F in Mathematics.
    It explains this.

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    Same old story. In April, the nation was told that the huge volume of water at Vic fall would take 9 weeks to reach kariba dam and there would be an increase in power generation, but alas, we even saw an increase in the number of hours of blackouts. The Zambezi water authority confirmed increasing the water allocation to both Zambia and Zimbabwe power companies, but surprisingly the loadshedding hours increased. We are tired of these endless promises

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    Tatilalungu 6 days ago

    Amalaiti or no Amalaiti Kuyabele, twanaka

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    Matt 6 days ago

    It’s all sweet talk. The nation will not forget the endless hours of load shedding. Restoring power late at night when people are already asleep. By morning power is gone again.

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    Don’t tell lies just due to getting votes 1 week ago

    Election time is justification time to cover up past wrong doing. On FISP ECL said they will never deliver inputs late again!!! Whom is ECL cheating. Even this energy problem is a Hoax!!! Sometimes just admit failure and then tell people on what u a doing to address your failures. It’s more Honorable that way from the so called Honourables!!!

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    Samlindo 1 week ago

    WE HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE AND IT COMES AT EVERY ELECTION TIME AS A STORY LINE, BUT IT IS NEVER ACTUALIZED,WHAT WE CLEARLY SEE THOUGH IS THAT ONCE PF IS ELECTED ZESCO WILL BE CHINALIZED AND WE WILL BE BACK TO CANDLES BECAUSE WE WILL NOT AFFORD THE COST OF ELECTRICITY, SO THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO SEND PF BACK TO CHAWAMA SO THAT A VISIONARY LEADERSHIP CAN THEN FIX THE MESS.

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    “Mr. Speaker, while the electricity generation capacity has increased, …”

    The load shedding has increased to ten (10) hours even during rainy season. Certain statements, you are just left speechless. Mark my words come commissioning, load shedding hours will increase to 15 hours after elections. Fool me once…