3 KCM employees trapped, rescued

THREE Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) employees who were trapped in a shaft at the Konkola Deep in Chililabombwe following a power outage that affected most parts of the country on Monday night were successfully rescued.

And Zesco Limited has revealed that the near-national blackout that engulfed the country was as a result of a suspected fault at Kitwe substation which later spread to Luano substation, thereby plunging almost the whole country in total darkness.

In a press statement released by KCM public relations officer Shapi Shachinda, he said the power which was lost around 19:30 hours and only restored about 09:57 hours caused significant disruption to its operations.

He said the company’s emergency response plan was immediately activated to protect people and equipment.

‘’KCM lost power supply at 19:30 and was only restored at 09:57 the next morning. Three of our employees who were trapped in the number 4 shaft at Konkola Deep in Chililabombwe following the power outage were rescued,’’ read part of the statement.

He said though the impact on production and financial losses were severe, the extent of the damage to equipment would be quantified at a later stage.

And Zesco Limited revealed that the near-national blackout that engulfed the country was as a result of a suspected fault at Kitwe substation which later spread to Luano substation, thereby plunging almost the whole country in total darkness.

In a statement made available to the media and obtained by the Daily Nation, senior manager for marketing and public relations Bessie Banda said the entire Zesco grid was characterised by excessive high voltages due to sudden drop in loads.

Ms. Banda said that before the outage, the internal demand for electricity was 1622 Mega Watts and that after the system disturbance; the country had a deficit of over 1500 Mega Watts resulting into the blackout.

“Zesco Limited regrets to inform the nation on the system disturbances that resulted in the loss of supply to most parts of the country on Monday, 27th April 2015. Preliminary investigations indicate that the power outage was caused by a suspected fault at Kitwe substation which later spread to Luano station,” Ms. Banda said.

She explained that the suspected fault triggered the automatic switching off the generators at the Kariba North Bank and Kafue Gorge Power Stations to protect them from damage.

Prior to the outage, the internal demand for electricity stood at 1622 Mega Watts. As a result of the system disturbance, over 1500 Mega Watts were not available on the national grid causing a partial national outage affecting Lusaka, Copperbelt, North Western, Northern, Eastern, Muchinga, Central, and Luapula Provinces.

Only 90 Mega Watts from Victoria Falls Power Station remained on the grid supplying power to Southern and Western Provinces,” she explained.

She explained that the cause of the suspected fault was not yet established as at yesterday and that the power utility company was still in the process of restoring power to affected areas.

“Zesco Limited is in the process of restoring power in all affected areas. So far, we have restored power to Muchinga Eastern, Northern, Lusaka, and Central provinces. Investigations are still underway to establish the actual cause of the fault,” she said.

 

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One Response to “3 KCM employees trapped, rescued”

  1. angel mwasha says:

    thanks to daily nation for touching on the plight of many Zambians.Our judicial system has reached a very un repairable state and concentrate on pertinent issues while over looking others just because it involves a big fish on the bench.a case in question is that involving former Zambia State Insurance Corporation 1991 retrenches over 2 decades now on the desk of the chief justice without being concluded.Most affected ex employees have since passed on.In the past pleas have been made thru past presidents levy mwanawasa,Rupiah Banda ,Micheal Sata and nowb earnest appeal to president Edgar Lungu for intervention and conclude this matter.Ref No. COMP/83/1996 Appeal No.135/2004 awarded compensation .Last and final hearing before full bench headed by the then chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda sitting with supreme court judges was on October 15,2014 and as per laid procedure this was expected to go thru within 90 days but to date still in suspense.On several occasions the aggrieved have attempted to demonstrate against this injustice but efforts thwarted by police.committe at national level is headed by Pule Mwila ( whom we plead to with hold name as he appears on summons which we believe courts may cite as contempt ).As proxy I am toddy Shadunka – cell 0955840482 or angel mwasha 0954015406 .Twapapata ba kateka Edgar chagwa lungu in as much as we know you don’t want to interfere in the running of the judiciary,let this matter catch your sight of what is going on .we stand ready to match to state house if the police may permit us

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