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Imported electricity to constitute 20% of total available power for one year —ZESCO


ZESCO has started importing electricity to supplement the national power supply following the reduced generation due to poor hydrology.

The power utility firm did not mention the source of the imported electricity which took effect on Wednesday.

The imported electricity would constitute approximately 20 percent of the total available power for at least 12 months.

The announcement was made by the ZESCO Spokesperson, Matongo Maumbi, in a statement issued on Thursday in Lusaka.

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With the imported electricity, Maumbi said ZESCO would have reduced control over the stability and scheduling of this imported power source.

He acknowledged that Zambia was currently experiencing limitations in power generation due to hydrological challenges.

“While ZESCO will strive to maintain existing load shedding schedules, there is a possibility of unforeseen disruptions due to the imported power source. However, ZESCO will endeavour that these are mitigated as quickly as possible.

“ZESCO Corporation understands the importance of reliable electricity and sincerely regrets any inconvenience these potential disruptions may cause,” Maumbi said.

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