President Edgar Lungu says infrastructure in the energy sector is key to unlocking economic potential in different parts of the country.
Speaking when he commissioned the first unit of the Kafue Gorge Lower hydro-power station,in chikankata district,President Lungu said the growth on demand for power has necessitated accelerated investments in power generation and transmission infrastructure.
He said the investment has been accomplished amidst financial and global health challenges, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.PresidePresident Lungu said the commissioning of the power station demonstrates government’s resolve to stand against cynicism to put the country firmly on an energy secure footing.
“This investment has not only been in electricity generation projects but also in transmission and distribution projects.My government’s commitment to harnessing the country’s comparative advantage to generate, transmit and distribute power to citizens is meant to achieve our mantra of not leaving anyone behind,” he said.
He said government has overcome so many challenges and achieved so much in the electricity sector.”In less than seven years my government has introduced an additional 1,350 mega watts of power generation to the national electricity.
Today as i speak we have a total national installed capacity of 3,250 mega watts. this is an increase of more than seventy percent from the previous installed national capacity of approximately 1,900 mega watts,” he said.He said government is also supporting a 600 mega watts renewable solar project, a public private partnership (PPP) between zesco and power china.
“In addition, my government has invested in the Chama-Lundazi transmission infrastructure to connect the two districts as a matter of urgency as you know previously we used to get power for these districts from malawi,” he said