Multi-Million Power Line Commissioned
Apr 1, 2008 - The Namibian/All Africa Global Media
A multi-million-dollar Victoria Falls-Katima Mulilo
power line was commissioned on Friday by President
Hifikepunye Pohamba and his Zambian counterpart, Levy
Zambian power utility Zesco and Nampower constructed
the 220 kilovolt line from Victoria Falls to the Zambezi
power station at Katima Mulilo.
The Katima Power station cost NamPower N$96 million
while on the Zambian side Zesco pumped US$17 million
into the project.
Speaking at the occasion, President Pohamba noted
that the Victoria Falls/Katima Mulilo transmission
line would further unlock the potential of increased
trade and commerce between the two countries.
Moreover, he said, it would become a vital route
through which the two countries could import and export
At the practical level, Pohamba said the project
would address the power interruptions experienced
by residents of Katima Mulilo in the past.
With the installation of additional equipment at
the Sesheke Power Station in Zambia, voltage stability
has been improved.
He took the opportunity to thank the government of
Zambia for the economic and bilateral ties of co-operation
between the two countries.
"This project was carried out in the spirit of good
neighbourliness and mutual understanding," he said,
assuring that this spirit of mutual respect and understating
would continue to shape future interactions as they
pursued the implementation of joint economic development
projects aimed at the mutual benefit of the two countries.
He then assured the Zambian government of his government's
commitment to strengthen economic and trade relations
between the two countries as well as to the development
of SADC region and the African continent.
On his part, Mwanawasa said the project should be
seen in the context of other infrastructural projects
that the two countries had embarked on.
These include the Trans-Caprivi Highway and the Zambezi
bridge, which enhanced transport links between the
"This is a very practical way of enhancing the development
of our two countries," he said, adding that Zambia
believes that this project will add value to the existing
relations and greatly benefit the people of the two
He commended the electricity utility companies for
the hard work put into the project, which is a practical
realisation of the objectives of regional co-operation
He urged the two utility companies to continue working
closely on other projects, which will bring development
and progress to the people in the two countries, as
well as the entire southern African region.
The commissioning of the power supply project between
Zesco and NamPower will enable Zambia to supply 220
kilovolts of power to Namibia.
The project involved building a 231-km line from
Victoria Falls power station in Zambia to Katima Mulilo.
The joint commissioning of the Victoria Falls/Katima
Mulilo Transmission Line was undertaken as part of
the recently signed Zimbabwe-Zambia-Botswana-Namibia
Under the agreement, the Zimbabwean power grid will
be linked to those of Botswana, Zambia and Namibia
via the Hwange power station.