ZAMBIA has started importing 100 megawatts (MW) of power on a daily basis from a ship docked in Nacala, Mozambique, which was commissioned in February, says Zesco acting managing director Fidelis Mubiana.
Mr Mubiana said in an interview that Zambia had for the last two months been importing power from the docked ship inaugurated in March this year by President Edgar Lungu and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi.
He however said the country sometimes imported less depending on the transmission line from the port.
“Through our connections with our colleagues in Mozambique, we managed to secure a place where we have erected a substation on the shore and the owners of the ship did connections from the ship to the land substation,
“So we are importing power from that ship on daily basis; the level is 100 megawatts but it goes up and down depending on the system and availability,” he said.
The first floating power plant to operate in Mozambique, where it would remain for two years, followed an agreement between the governments of Mozambique and Zambia, whose countries would benefit from the production, and the Turkish company Karpowership, which was responsible for the maintenance of the facility.
The Turkish vessel is owned by Karpowership, a subsidiary of the Turkish company Karadeniz Holding.
It has been docked at Nacala port since February 18 and 110 kilovolt cables were connected, linking the ship to two special reception pylons, ranging between 65 and 85 metres tall.