Zambia may soon be importing about 200 megawatts from Mozambique after the commissioning of the Karpower vessel, a Turkish ship which produces about 400 megawatts.
The commissioning was done yesterday in NACALA by President Edgar Lungu and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.
Zambia imports 100 megawatts from the vessel but with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Zambia and Mozambique, it may result in an import of 100 extra megawatts from Nacala. President Lungu said during the commissioning that Government had made electricity intervention to ensure that the economy was not adversely affected by the energy deficit that the country had been experiencing.
He said the poor rainfall pattern experienced in the last two rainy seasons had resulted in a loss of about, 2,400 megawatts with current internal generation restricted to less than 50 per cent.
President Lungu said Zambia and Mozambique must explore areas of collaboration on renewable energy within the framework of the Zambia-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission.
He thanked President Nyusi for the cooperation in which he had allowed the Kapowership to dock in Nacala, a strategic port, which was closer to Zambia, about1,800 kilometers to Lusaka.
The President thanked Zesco and their Mozambique counterpart, Electricidade De Mozambique (EDM) for a partnership that had yielded the desired results and could still go further.
“I wish to express my gratitude for the timely response to our request to facilitate for the supply of emergency power to our country. This initiative will make available 100 MW to Zambia. My Government has spared no effort to ensure that our people and the economy, as a whole, are not adversely affected by this energy deficit,” Mr Lungu said.
He said the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed with Mozambique, on the construction of a new-coal fired 1,200 MW power station in the neighbouring country, should serve as a stepping stone for greater collaboration, anchoring on the principles of partnership under the protocols of the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), among others.
And President Nyusi, acknowledged that the power deficit in his country had affected many economic activities.
He, however, said his country had been working hard to ensure that the power deficit effect was brought to the minimal.
Mr Nyusi extolled President Edgar Lungu for marshalling a strategy to address the power deficit in Zambia.
He said President Lungu had been in office clocking slightly over a year, but that it was admirable how he had managed the power crisis in the short period.
“In just one year that you have been in office, you have managed to come up with solutions to the power problem in your country. We wish you success during elections in August,” Mr Nyusi said.
He was happy that the northern part of his country would also benefit from the Kapowership link, which supply around 115 MW but that gas discoveries would give further impetus to supply more energy sources and would also benefit Zambia under a proposed pipeline to supply the commodity.
The Karpower vessel is a Turkish ship which is floated on Indian Ocean waters, generating power which is supplied to Mozambique.