Zambia seeks to import 300MW of Power from South Africa

Zambia’s energy minister Dora Siliya earlier this week met with South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Pretoria and is believed to have made a special request on behalf of the Zambian government to import up to 300 megawatts of electricity to help ease Zambia’s energy problems. She also held a separate meeting with South Africa’s Minister of Energy Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson on the same issue.

Zambia produces about 2,200 megawatts of electricity mainly from its hydro-powered stations but the power is erratic and not sufficient to power Zambia’s mining industry. A drought across the region has made things worse as low water levels have seriously hampered energy output.

In October last year, Zambia had a power deficit of 700 MW prompting Siliya to declare it a national problem. “Clearly, the power deficit that the country is experiencing at the moment, the 700 mega watts deficit, this is not just a government problem. To me, this is a national problem, it is a national emergency and as such, we all have a role to play in trying to address this matter and reduce the deficit,” Siliya said.

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