Energy in Zambia

  • New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

    JAPAN, 2018/01/13 In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. Next a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. A lot of new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa. Hydropower represents a significant and rapidly expanding proportion of electricity production in eastern and southern Africa. Around 90% of national electricity generation in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia comes from hydropower. The share of hydropower in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 20% of electricity production, is likely to grow rapidly. (If South Africa – which relies on coal powered electricity – was excluded, this figure would be much higher, but separate numbers aren’t available.)
  • Zambia: Ndola in Power Blackout

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/07 Additional than 10,000 households have been plunged into darkness next an extra case of suspected sabotage on Zesco lines by unknown people in Ndola on the Copperbelt. The affected areas include Mushili, Kansenshi, Hillcreast and several surrounding areas and are still without power following the damage on Saturday.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • Chamber of mines criticises increase in electricity tariffs

    ZAMBIA, 2014/04/06 The Chamber of Mines of Zambia has expressed concern over the announcement by Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to increase electricity tariffs to mining companies under the Bulk Supply Agreement by 28.8 %, effective 2 April. The Chamber of Mines said while the mines understand the need for utilities to earn a equitable return on their investment to be able to efficiently and sustainably operate and maintain the infrastructure, cognizance must be taken of the long term nature of the mining business by providing an investment climate with stable and predictable planning parameters over the business horizon. “Due to the long term nature of mining investments, corresponding long term planning from a policy and regulatory perspective is necessary to attract and retain investment in this sector.
  • AfDB approves US$150m loan for reliable electricity supply in Zambia

    ZAMBIA, 2013/10/06 The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Wednesday approved a loan of US$ 150 million to finance a 300MW coal-fired power plant and revamp the Maamba coal mine in Maamba, Zambia. According to an AfDB statement, issued here Friday, the projects are aimed at tackling the severe environmental concerns at the mine, caused by the unregulated and spontaneous self-combustion of tons of unused low-grade coal during the generation of electricity for the country and the region. The Maamba power plant project will increase supply and reliability of electricity in Zambia which is currently experiencing blackout and is heavily reliant on drought-sensitive hydro power, it said.
  • African energy environment seems rather dynamic at present

    BOTSWANA, 2013/07/02 Cross Border Data’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and next prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets. Maps are drawn/updated annually by ‘journalist mapmaker’ David Burles and an introductory piece describes the process of production as requiring the application of investigative techniques to obtain even the majority basic data. Data on the continent’s energy environment has been built up using “not only maps, but as well press releases, news statement and good old-fashioned journalistic legwork”.