Construction of the Kabompo Gorge Hydroelectric power station in Zambia is set to begin in 2016 at a cost of over US $220m.
located in the North-Western Province of the country, the power construction project will have a capacity of 40MW.
This decision was met after the implementation agreement for the project was signed by the Zambian Government and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC).
According to Mr Sindowe from CEC, the power station’s presence in the Mwinilunga will help alleviate power shortages and stabilize the national grid.
He also noted that his company was looking into other power generation modes such as the use of biodiesel, biomass and solar in order to reduce the country’s dependence on hydro electricity.
The Permanent Secretatry for Mines, Energy and Water Development, Emelda Chola indicated that the Government of Zambia would monitor the power station project to ensure that it is executed on time.
Over 1000 jobs would be created for locals during the construction period while 44 Zambians would be engaged in the management of the power station once its fully operational.
Kabompo Gorge Hydroelectric power station in Zambia is expected to be complete in 2018 and the works will be undertaken by CEC’s subsidiary Kabompo Hydro Power Limited (CEC-KHPL) who has already spent $32.6 million in the pre-phase of construction.
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