Africa’s second largest copper hotspot after DRC, Zambia has taken energy diversification to another level. Zambia has for decades depended on hydro for power generation until 2015-2016 energy poverty years that awakened the nation to power diversification to other sources such as solar and geothermal.
A very unique source of energy generation plant is now being considered in Muchinga Province of the country. In a press release from the Ministry of National Planning, Honorable Lucky Mulusa revealed that district, the state has embarked on a program to diversify the energy sector further by establishing a 400 MegaWatt gas fired and powered plant in Chinsali district the capital of the province at a cost of $900million.
Minister of Development Planning Lucky Mulusa said the establishment of the plant is one of the measures Government has put in place to increase the country’s power generation capacity.
The 400 MegaWatts is projected to propel generation capacity, hence cushioning any deficits the nation may face. The project, he said, will be executed under the Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) Pipeline Limited. The gas to power the plant will be sourced from Zambia’s Rift Valley neighbor Tanzania and part of it will come from the Mozambique gas project.
The power generation plant will be located in Chinsali will be supplied with gas from the port of Dar es Salaam via a 36-inch pipeline.The pipeline will be laid alongside the crude oil pipeline in the existing TAZAMA wayleave, with an estimated length of 1,100 km. The plant will have expansion capacity from 400 megawatts to 1,200 megawatts.
The Ministry is yet to advise the mode of capital raising for the project and who will construct the plant.
Zambia Business Times