Zambia's Yugoslav built and financed Kafue Dam project will begin delivering its first power in June of this year when the first 150 Megawatt turbine is scheduled to be commissioned.
Zambia's Yugoslav built and financed Kafue Dam project will begin delivering its first power in June of this year when the first 150 Megawatt turbine is scheduled to be commissioned. And, according to Zambian official sources, the entire project will be operational by 1973.
The nation's demand for electricity is rising steeply. To meet this rising demand, considerable efforts are being made to 1200 MW in the next four years and, at the same time, reduce its dependence on Rhodesia for supplies.
The two major projects are the Kafue Dam, about 50 miles (80 Kms) south of Lusaka and the North Bank power station for Kariba, still in the drawing board stage.
Kafue was originally intended to have a capacity of 900 MW in its first stage. It was started in 1968 when it seemed that the North Bank of Kariba project would never be realised. Since then, however, the situation has changed. Initial problems were surmounted and the Kariba North scheme was replanned and given the go-ahead.
Kafue was downgraded to 600 MW, although the installation id costing 23.3 millions sterling, while Kariba North, which does not require the construction of a dam, will cost 21.5 millions sterling.
The main complication has been that the Kariba Dam and the Central African Power Corporation (CAPC) which distributes Kariba South power in both Zambia and Rhodesia are jointly owned by both countries.
Zambia is determined that any arrangement over building, financing and operating the North Bank Station should not involve any infringement of its sovereignty with regard to Rhodesia, which it does not recognize. Zambia seeks to be completely independent for its sources of power. The Kafue Dam is the first major step in this direction.