EXPANSION of the Zengamina mini hydro-power station to two megawatts (MW) from 0.75MW in Ikeleng’i at a cost of about K100 million will start next year following the completion of the feasibility study.
Both Rural Electrification Authority (REA) chief executive officer Geoffrey Musonda and Zengamina Hydro-Power Limited managing director Daniel Rea disclosed yesterday during the handover of the feasibility study that the development will accelerate rural electrification in the area.
Mr Musonda said the development is a demonstration of REA’s commitment to partner with the private sector to develop mini hydro-power stations in rural areas.
At the same function, Mr Rea said Zengamina currently supplies electricity to Ikeleng’i and has boosted social and economic activity in the area, and the expansion of the hydro-power station will further stimulate activity.
He said the development will also mitigate possible load shedding in the area that is witnessing economic activity.
“We are delighted to have this study released by REA so we can expand the scheme in good time before demand outstrips supply.
“Our initial hydro-power plant has been a tremendous success in supplying reliable, affordable power to the Ikeleng’i district, and has triggered investment in schools and hospitals by GRZ, and also businesses like a new pineapple factory and the district’s only quarry, creating many jobs,” he said.