By Nation Reporter
ZESCO is currently spending an average of US$8 million per year in operational costs and supply of diesel to North-Western Province, says company spokesperson Henry Kapata.
Mr Kapata said in an interview that the expenditure was unavoidable until the region was connected to the national grid.
“Currently Zesco is spending an average of US$8 million in operational costs and supply of diesel to the province which is extremely expensive for the company,” he said.
He said plans to connect some of the districts in the province to the national grid had reached an advanced stage with three substations almost completed in Mwinilunga, Mufumbwe and Lumwana districts.
He said connecting the province was a US$165 million project that Government through Zesco had embarked on.
Mr Kapata explained that Mwinilunga district would be the first to be connected for the first time in its by June 2016 to be followed by Mufumbwe district in September.
He said Kabompo district would follow in December while Mumbezhi, Chavuma and Lukulu district in Western Province would be connected in 2017.
Mr Kapata said that substations in all the districts were being constructed and that the 232 km transmission line from Lumwana to Mwinilunga was almost complete.
He said a total of 840km of 132 kilovolts overhead lines were being constructed to evacuate power in all the districts in the province apart from Solwezi and Kasempa that already had power.