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Zambia eyes two bidders for power project

Two firms are in the running to construct a new power station in Zambia as part of a $1,2-billion plan to address looming power shortages, a senior minister said on Tuesday.
Lunsemfwa Hydro Power Co. Ltd and the Olympic Hydro Ltd., through its Lunzuwa Power Authority unit, have submitted bids to construct the Kalungwishi Power Station near the country's northern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Energy and Water Development Minister Felix Mutati said.

"We will be selecting the preferred bidder for the Kalungwishi power project within three months," Mutati told Reuters in an interview, though he declined to give further details on the firms or their bids.

South Africa state utility Eskom owns a majority stake in Lunsemfwa.

Mutati said Zambia was prioritising its plan to build power stations to meet rising demand in the country's copper and cobalt mines and from other countries that consume energy in southern Africa.


Additional information: Read the full story at Engineering News
News date: 10/01/2007

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