USD 18 Million Upgrade To Copperbelt Network Will Improve Zambia Energy Capacity

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Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC), an independent power generating company, is prepared to invest more than USD 18 million in a dual circuit line to connect the Zambian electric grid systems with the DRC, which will not only help to secure the regional supply, but will also result in an increased carrying capacity and increased regional power trade.

CEC owns the interconnection between Zambia and DRC where the company is planning to construct a duo circuit transmission line to increase capacity from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts.

According to the CEC Managing Director Owen Silavwe “This is a project that will be highly beneficial to Zambia, we have been doing feasibility studies and once consent is given by the state, we are ready to spend more resources.”

“Associated to this project is the development of transmission infrastructure because we need to be able to take that power to the market where it’s required after generation,” he added.

The project is expected to be completed by July 2015 and will help to address the demand for power in Zambia, which has now reached approximately 1,700MW.