Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zesco explains State House outage

Zesco explains State House outage
By Henry Sinyangwe
Tue 11 Dec. 2012, 12:00 CAT

ZESCO Limited says the intermittent power outages that were experienced at State House last week were a result of the switch in power supply from one line to another.

President Michael Sata was last week incensed by power cuts during a swearing-in ceremony and wondered how people in areas such as Kanyama were being load-shed.

But Zesco Limited principal public relations officer Yammie Zimba said the outage was caused by a switch from one line to the other as one of the substations supplying State House experienced a failure due to overload.
She stated in response to a press query that State House was on various power supply lines, just like some government institutions such as hospitals and airports which were sensitive installations that require constant and reliable power supply at all costs.

"State House does have a standby generator which provides alternative supply in case of an interruption. State House is adequately catered for in terms of supply of power. Firstly, we would like to emphasize that we do not load-shed State House, hospitals, security houses, airports, all government institutions," Zimba stated.

She stated that Zesco had embarked on a number of projects in generation, transmission, distribution and supply in order to enhance its service delivery and stop the load-shedding throughout the country.
Zimba stated that the power utility was working with the government and other institutions in mitigating load-shedding.

Zesco Limited has since signed a 50 million euro agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the construction of a 120MW hydro power station at Itezhi-tezhi and a 291 long distance transmission line that will connect the power station to the national grid and the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), she added.

Zimba stated that the commissioning of the Shiwang'andu mini-hydropower station was one of the many projects that Zesco is carrying out in order to increase supply and its commitment to providing safe and reliable electricity to improve the quality of life for all.

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