22 February 2013

Zambia: Zesco to Engage WB On New Tariffs

ZESCO managing director Cyprian Chitundu says the power utility firm will engage the World Bank Group for technical assistance to conduct a cost of service study on tariffs in the country.

Mr Chitundu said ZESCO had applied for new tariffs to the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) on the tariff adjustments but wanted the electricity tariff to be cost-effective for the power industry.

He was speaking in Livingstone on Wednesday night when he made a presentation of ZESCO operations to visiting WB executive directors.

The nine-member delegation left for Mozambique yesterday and was in Zambia on a familiarisation tour of various projects.

Mr Chitundu said ZESCO was working to increase access to electricity from 22 to 50 per cent through the Vision 2030 and rural electrification masterplan.

He said the power utility firm would carry out massive empowerment projects such as connecting at least 4,000 new customers per month.

Mr Chitundu said ZESCO would increase new connections by 10 per cent per annum through continued infrastructure improvement.

He said increased access to electricity services project was funded by World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the European Union.

ZESCO would connect an additional 65,000 customers to the national grid and that approximately 550,000 inhabitants of Zambia would also benefit by 2014.

Other projects include rehabilitation and construction of small and mini-hydro-power stations among them Chishimba, Musonda and Shiwang'andu.

World Bank Group delegation leader Rudolf Treffers said Government's concerted efforts to foster various developmental projects in areas such as power industry was commendable.

Mr Treffers said the international organisation would support Government's ambitious programmes in various sectors.

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