Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed an inter-governmental memorandum of understanding for the development of joint power plants in order to ease an electricity deficit that hit the southern African region, the Times of Zambia reported on Friday.

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The two African nations intend to develop power plants on a river that separates them, the Luapula River, as a long-term measure to boost power generation for both countries, with the first project expected to commence in 2017 and completed in 2020.

Zambia’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma, who signed on behalf of his government during a signing ceremony held in Kinshasa, DRC, said the move was another intervention the government has put in place to increase power supply amid power shortages being experienced.

Once completed, the joint power projects would boost power output by more than 1,000 megawatts, he added.
The deal, he said, was a landmark achievement for Zambia as it would improve the agenda to provide universal access to electricity for all, especially those in rural areas.

Zambia is currently facing a power deficit of 560 megawatts due to low water levels in its reservoirs caused by poor rainfall in the 2014/2015 season, a move that has forced the country’s power utility rationing electricity.
“This in itself justifies the need for joint efforts in working hard to counter the challenges as it is for us to identify the problem and at the same time work to increase our power generation, ” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

Jeanot Gamanda, DRC’s Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity said during the same occasion that his government would wholly commit itself to ensure the project was brought to fruition within the stipulated three years of implementation. Enditem

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