Zambia: electricity demand could exceed supply by 2012
22 June 2011
By 2012, energy needs in Zambia may exceed supply, says Hanson Sindowe, chief executive of the mining company Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC).
He says the government will have to invest in this sector as a matter of urgency.
"Projections show that demand will exceed the available capacity from 2012 until about 2015, when the first series of new-generation power stations come on line, with a bit of luck", Mr. Sindowe told the Xinhua press agency at a conference on mining and energy.
He believes that Zambia needs to double its generating capacity over the next seven years and that by 2030, the country will need an additional 4,330 MW.
This opinion is shared by the Zambian government, which announced at the start of this month that it intends to invest more than 12 billion dollars in the energy sector, reports SteelGuru.com.