Mwinilunga, January 17, 2014, ZANIS…….The Copperbelt Energy Corporation(CEC) has disclosed that it will employ about 1,000 local people under the construction phase of the Kabompo hydro power station project in Mwinilunga district.
CEC Kabompo hydro power station managing director Humphrey Mulela said the three year US$220 project will not only provide jobs for the local people but also open up the area for socio-economic development through various business opportunities that will be created.
Mr Mulela was speaking in Mwinilung’a district yesterday when North western province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu toured the project site.
He appealed to government to support the project as it will cushion the power deficit the country has been facing and add stability to the energy sector once completed.
Speaking during the tour, Mr Mubukwanu expressed satisfaction with works taking place at the site so far, saying it was government’s belief that the project will attract other investments in different sectors of the economy.
Mr Mubukwanu observed that the recent mining activities in the province have exerted pressure on power generation by Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) and expressed hope that the Kabompo hydro power project will act as relief once completed.
He pledged government support towards the project and urged CEC to put environmental concerns as top priority on the project agenda to ensure the environment is protected.