Zambia: Ndola Energy Applies for Heavy Fuel Oil Upgrade

NDOLA Energy Company has applied to the Government for upgrading of the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power station in Ndola so that it can produce 100 megawatts.

The initial plans were to generate 50 megawatts of electricity for sale to Ndola consumers.

Company production manager Anders Longhorn said in an interview yesterday that his company had applied to the Government to consider allowing it to double its power station's electricity capacity.

"We have made an application to the Government because the production of additional 50 megawatts is not part of our initial heavy fuel oil power plant construction plans submitted to the Government," he said.Ndola Energy Company has invested more than US$60 million in the construction of the first ever HFO power plant in Ndola, conveniently situated near TAZAMA Pipelines and Indeni Oil Refinery plants.

The company will be sourcing its feedstock through a 286-metre long oil pipe line from Indeni.

Mr Longhorn said the firm was optimistic that the Government would approve the construction of additional facilities producing additional 50 megawatts of power before the end of the first quarter of next year.

Energy Permanent Secretary George Zulu confirmed that the Government had received Ndola Energy Company's application for its expansion plans.

Mr Zulu said the ministry was considering the application which he said was in line with the Government's plans to ensure that more power stations were established to meet the country's growing electricity demands.

TAZAMA Pipelines general manager Largeman Muzelenga said his company planned to increase its HFO supply to Ndola Energy Company.

The HFO, which is being used for the production of electricity by Ndola Energy Company, is the residual oil which remains after Indeni separates crude oil into various petroleum products like petrol, diesel and kerosene.

Mr Muzelenga said that Tazama and Indeni were also arranging long-term measures to increase the refinery production of the feedstock meant for electricity generation for Ndola Energy Company.

Electricity produced by Ndola Energy Company is expected to be sold to Ndola consumers under a special agreement between the company and the country's main power supplier, Zesco.

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