THE European Union (EU) has given Zambia a grant of over €4 million for the implementation of the power interconnector project with Kenya and Tanzania.
This is according to a statement issued by first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambian embassy in Addis Ababa Naomi Chulu.
Ms Chulu said Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Development Charles Zulu said the three-country power interconnector project is being funded by the EU with the help of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Mr Zulu was speaking on arrival at Bole International Airport ahead of the 9th infrastructure ministers meeting to be held in Ethiopia.
He said the interconnector project would help ease the power deficit in the region once completed.
“The €4.4 million grant would enable Zambia start exporting power to East Africa and other neighbouring countries once the power deficit challenges are overcome in the country,” he said.
He also said Zambia would soon start generating enough power which would result in energy exports.
And Mr Zulu said Zambia has contracted two international companies to start inland power generation.
He said the two companies, which are from the United States of America and Turkey, would also supply equipment for inland power generation.
He added that the move would help solve the power deficit problem that Zambia is currently facing.