Energy Firms To Develop Power Line Interconnection
Between Zambia, DRCongo
Nov 11, 2008 - BBC Monitoring - Africa
Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Societe
Nationale d'electricite (SNEL) intend to develop a
220kilovolt [KV] power line to enhance capacity of
the existing electricity interconnection between Zambia
and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The joint venture, which is aimed at increasing capacity
from 210 megawatts to 500 megawatts, is expected to
commence next year and commissioning is scheduled
According to an announcement by CEC, upgrading of
the 220KV regional interconnector between Zambia and
DRC was a joint initiative between CEC and DRC state-owned
CEC chairman, Hanson Sindowe, confirmed the development
but could not disclose the cost of the project.
"I can't give you the figure because we are still
discussing with them (SNEL)," he said.
The statement said the project would be beneficial
as it would enable surplus low-cost electricity from
DRC to reach electricity markets of the southern African
The upgrade would include construction of a new 220
KV line between Luano and Karavia on the outskirt
of Chingola and Lubumbashi, respectively.
CEC said construction activities would commence in
early 2009 and project commissioning would take place
The statement said the transmission line border-crossing
point at Kasumbalesa has had to be shifted to shift
about 1.5 kilometres east of the existing border point
to avoid large-scale resettlement in the area on the
Originally published by Zambia Daily Mail website,
Lusaka, in English 10 Nov 08.
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