5 February 2013

Zambia: Ndola Energy Set for Power Generation

NDOLA Energy Company has completed installation of the step-up transformers in readiness for electricity generation which will start in April this year, under the US$ 110 million Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power generation project.

The company projects manager Anders Langhorn said the construction of the HFO power station and an oil pip line has now reached an advanced stage.

Mr Langhorn said in an interview yesterday that Ndola Energy will start generating electricity which will be connected to the national electricity grid via the Zesco Skyways sub-station for onward sale to Ndola based electricity consumers.

The installation of the 11 KV step-up transformer and some of the electricity generation units has d so far been done.

He said each of the six electricity generation engines have a capacity to produce 8.5 megawatts of electricity which would be boosted by the power plant transformer to increase the generation capacity to 50 megawatts.

According to Mr Langhorn, once the plant is commissioned, it is expected to provide electricity to Ndola residents for the next 25 years.

"Although the plant has a life of 25 year years it can last for ever if it is well maintained, "he said.

A Zambian owned company, Electrical Maintenance Limited has been engaged to install the air compressor, the control room and other electrical equipment at the country's first HFO power plant.

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