Multi-billion-dollar company ZESCO Limited said that they can run all power stations at full capacity and end load shedding if they wanted to.
Speaking at the World Communication Forum Africa 2020 in Lusaka yesterday, Company Corporate Communications Manager Dr. John Kunda said that Zambia has enough installed capacity to supply electricity to the entire country but lacks the fuel for the machinery because of the droughts that the country has experienced.
“The installed capacity for power generation in this country is 2,800 megawatts, that’s the installed capacity, the peak demand for Zambia, is 2,300 megawatts, so in terms of installed capacity we have enough,” said Dr. Kunda.
He added that the droughts that the country experienced in 2015/2016 and 2018/2019 caused the company not to have enough fuel for their machines to be powered.
Dr. Kunda noted: “Simple examples, Kariba North Bank, we are able to produce 1,080 megawatts, but because we are intelligent managers of the systems of the country, we say we will only generate an average of 275 – 391 megawatts in order to ensure that we have sustained energy generation, because we don’t know what might come the next year, in terms of rainfall patterns.
“Izezhi Tezhi we’re able to produce 120 megawatts, we are running at 70 megawatts. Kafue Upper Gorge [SIC], we have the capacity to run at 990 Megawatts, we are running at 650, not because we don’t have the capacity to do so, if we wanted to run all the machines at full throttle, we can do it today, and end load shedding.”