21 December 2012

Zambia: Hydro Power Contractor Wants Road Rehabilitated

A CHINESE contractor working on the Itezhi-tezhi hydro power project in Central Province has requested the Government to rehabilitate Itezhi-tezhi Road to avoid delaying the completion of the project.

Sino hydro project manager, Li Yanwei said in Itezhi-tezhi that the company had committed itself to completing the project by 2015 but was concerned with the state of the road which is being used to transport construction materials.

Mr Li said when Central Province Permanent Secretary Anne Sinyangwe toured the hydro power project that the deplorable state of the road was a source of concern to the firm.

He told Ms Sinyangwe that the road was important for the success of the project. He said the firm had created more than 300 jobs and more were yet to be engaged.

Mr Li said once the project was completed it would add 120 megawatt power generation to the current generation capacity and that the total project cost was US$138 million.

Ms Sinyangwe paid tribute to the firm for its quality workmanship, assuring that the Government would always support companies which take contracts seriously.

She was happy with the time-frame in which the works were being carried out.

The permanent secretary said quality works would assist in transferring skills to Zambians who could in the future be able to stand on their own and create employment for others.

Ms Sinyangwe said once the works were completed, issues of load-shedding would be minimised and the outcry from the public would end.

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