ZESCO has commissioned the US$4.5 million Mungwi Road 33/11 kilovolt substation to cater for new industries in Lusaka’s heavy industrial area.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said the substation will also cater for surrounding areas such as George and Zingalume townships and nearby farms in Kasupe area.
Mr Kapata said in an interview yesterday that the multi-million dollar facility has been funded from the Eurobond coffers which Government acquired.
He said the development entails that the current Liverpool sub-station which is situated near Zambian Breweries will have some relief as it was overburdened.
“The Liverpool sub-station has been responsible for catering for the entire heavy industrial area and some of the residential areas and farms in Lusaka West. They have been experiencing power tripping due to overloading at peak times but with the commissioning of this sub-station, we have effectively resolved the matter of tripping,” said Mr Kapata.
And Mr Kapata said Zesco has completed 95 percent of the works on the wall perimeter barricade around the company pylons near Soweto Market.
Mr Kapata said the idea of barricading the Zesco pylons which extend from near Kafue road through Chibolya, to Soweto market, is merely to stop vendors from encroaching on land occupied by the pylons.
“This is the reason why we engaged the Soweto market management, traders and other stakeholders in the area who have formed a committee to help us stop the encroachment. This is a 2.4-metre high wall perimeter which is 95 percent done, and what has delayed us is the on-going compensation for seven people whose houses were demolished to pave way for the wall to be erected.
“We now have these vendors under these dangerous installations and if these conductors snapped, all of them will be electrocuted. We have advised them to spare this facility but they are behaving to the contrary. Zesco, however, has a responsibility to sensitise them,” he said.