By JAMES KUNDA –
ZAMBIA has reduced electricity imports from neighbouring countries by more than 400 megawatts (MW) following improved internal power generation, resulting in a significant drop in power-cuts to the local consumers by Zesco.
Energy Minister David Mabumba said from an import consignment of 500MW at the peak of the power deficit in 2015, the country was now importing only 75MW of the commodity, from a single source.
The minister said Karpowership of Turkey was the only source of imported electricity, while others like Aggreko and Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) of Mozambique were no longer exporting the commodity to Zambia.
Mr Mabumba, in an interview yesterday, attributed the development to increased water levels at the hydro power generation sites and the Government’s drive of investing in infrastructure development with emphasis on diversification.