Aurecon clinches US 200m Zesco power upgrade contract

Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) has awarded Aurecon a $200m contract to provide engineering, design and construction supervision services.

The World Bank funded project will improve Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation in Lusaka.The Zambia capital is regarded as the second fastest growing city in Africa. Its electricity demand has grown at 6% per annum over the previous 10 years. Power demand is now outstripping the firm’s capacity and its supplying power system. . “We are excited to work with ZESCO to increase the capacity and improve the reliability of Lusaka’s electricity transmission and distribution system for the community,” Aurecon

Project leader Anton Harmse said.“The creation of this transmission and distribution infrastructure will ensure the long-term sustainable operation of the network,” Harmse said.  Using experience from previous projects executed for ZESCO and the World Bank,the Aurecon team will look at identifying remedial or preventative measures that can be auctioned to optimize the benefits of the system upgrades. “The large number of sub-projects and the sequential implementation of the various components of the project will require significant effort during the project planning and scheduling stages,” Harmse added. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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