By CHATULA KANGALI –
THE Great Lakes (GL) Africa Energy Company is currently finalising the statutory requirements for phase two of the Ndola Energy project, which will add 55 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.
Ndola Energy Company is currently producing 50 MW of electricity using Heavy Foil Oils (HFO) from Indeni Petroleum Refinery.
The compay which was established in 2013 has been supplying the power to Zesco.
Last year, President Edgar Lungu directed the company to increase its power generation to 100MW to help cushion the electricity deficit the country was facing.
According to the projects update posted on the GL Africa Energy website, the company is currently finalising the statutory requirement for the phase two of the project that will increase power generation to 105MW.
GL Africa Energy says it will add about 200MW of power in Zambia in the next five years.
“GL Africa Energy has through Ndola Energy Company Limited, established a business through power generation underwritten by long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), initially with the Zambian Government.
“We are in the process of securing additional PPA’s in the South African region and we are currently screening opportunities in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),” reads the post.
The company states that besides providing power, it has created employment opportunities to local people in Zambia and other countries it operates in.