Lungu switches on Maamba coal power plant

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu did a ‘Sonta Epo Wabomba’ yesterday in Southern Province when he commissioned the 150 megawatts Maamba Coal Power Plant in Sinazongwe district which has since been connected to the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) national grid.

And ZESCO managing director Victor Mundende told President Lungu that the commissioning and connection of 150 megawatts Maamba Coal Power Plant to the national grid, would definitely reduce load shedding hours further from the current four hours.

Commissioning the project yesterday, the Head of State said the Maamba Coal Power Plant would initiate economic growth in the region.

President Lungu said very soon the remaining 150 megawatts would be uploaded on the national system (the grid).

The Maamba Coal Power Plant is expected to produce a total of the 300 megawatts to the national grid once fully operational.

The Head of State said the Commissioning of the Maamba Coal Power Plant in Sinazongwe made a clear point that he meant every word he said.

“In my address to the nation in September 2015, I promised to transform Zambia into a net exporter of energy in 18 months. We are on course to achieve that goal.

“We have moved robustly to create a diversified and sustainable energy mix,” he said.

President Lungu said all forms of energy were part of PF government’s plan, adding that thermal power would be part of the drive to make Zambia energy secure.

“When we say we have something to point at to justify our record, we say so with justified pride because we are delivering.

“Those who are promising must be told we are doing it. Zambians have every reason to trust us to do even better,” President Lungu said.

He said Maamba Collieries Limited was the largest coal mining company in Zambia.

The Head of State said MCL was implementing a 300 megawatts eco-friendly power plant in Maamba with Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion (CFBC) technology with associated facilities.

He said the power plant was designed to use low grade coal and coal washery rejects which were the by-products of the mining operation.

President Lungu said Zambia was currently dependent on hydro-power which was being impacted whenever there was poor rainfall.

“Maamba Power plant meets the base load needs of the nation, thereby reducing the deficit that Zambia is facing due to declining water levels in key reservoirs” he said.

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