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Relief for businesses, homes as load-shedding set to drastically reduce, with recall of 100MW of power from export



Government says load-shedding hours are expected to significantly reduce after ZESCO recalls an additional 100 Mega Watts (MW) of power from the export market.

This would also be supported by the Ndola Energy starting to supply 105MW to the power utility firm, while Maamba Collieries would begin to produce 300MW at its second plant.

This is according to the Information and Media Minister, Cornilius Mweetwa, at a press briefing in Lusaka on Monday.

He held the briefing with his counterpart, the Energy Minister, Peter Kapala.

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

Mweetwa said Cabinet resolved after its sitting on Monday that ZESCO would recall 100MW of power from the export market of 195 MW for local utilisation.

“This will address about 50 percent of the current power deficit, which is around 800MW. Government, working with the private sector, came up with a financial package for additional production at Maamba Collieries,” Mweetwa said.

Kapala noted that with the measures outlined, hours of load shedding were expected to significantly reduce.

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