ZESCO announces planned power outages in five provinces


ZESCO Limited has announced that there will be power loss in Northern, Muchinga, Lupaula, Eastern and Central Provinces on September 16 to 17 from 06:00 hours to 16:00 hours on each day due to maintenance works.

This will be a result of a major annual maintenance works on its 330 Kilovolt (KV) Kabwe step down, Pensulo transmission line.

Company Director for Transmission, Operation and Trade, Justin Loongo, said the works on the main transmission line from Kabwe Step Down Substation to Pensulo Substation was scheduled to take place on this month from 06:00 hours to 16:00 hours on each day.

Loongo announced in a statement on Wednesday that the planned maintenance works would result in interruption of power supply to most parts of Northern, Muchinga, Lupaula, Eastern and Central Provinces.

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“As a long-term solution, ZESCO Limited is constructing the second 330kv Kabwe Step Down-Pensulo transmission line whose works have reached an advanced stage and is scheduled for commissioning by end of December, 2023.

“The additional transmission line once commissioned, will not only enhance the capacity and security of power supply to the fore mentioned provinces but also provide flexibility to maintenance scheduling, such that there will be no power interruption due to maintenance,” he said.

He pointed out that the 330KV Kabwe Step Down-Pensulo transmission line was presently the sole power transporting conduit from Zambia’s major power generating stations in the Southern part of the country to the five mentioned provinces in the north.

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