Zesco pumps USD52m into infrastructure
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - March 1, 2012, 3:15 p.m.
By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia
The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) has revealed that it has pumped USD52 million into its fibre optic project and maintenance of its transmission infrastructure to reduce power outages countrywide.
Zesco's senior manager in charge of optic fibre projects, Nang’alelwa Sitwala, said works on the optic fibre would gobble USD44 million while the maintenance of transmission infrastructure will cost USD8 million.
Zesco’s new optic fibre communication system is expected to improve the protection, control, monitoring, and operation of the 330 kilovolts transmission system in addition to providing more broadband communication in the country.
Zambia endures persistent power interruptions, but once the network upgrades are complete, the number of power interruptions is expected to drop drastically. Sitwala says Zesco is determined to serve the clients better by improving its technology for the supply and distribution of power.
Sitwala said the installation of fibre optic networking would also stimulate growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural areas and help bridge the digital divide.
The company further says it is in the process of developing the Kafue Gorge Lower, which is expected to mitigate power deficit not only in Zambia but the Sothern Africa region.
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