Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) has announced plans to undergo an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study ahead of expanding a power supply services to Dangote power station.
The development will allow extra capacity supply to Dangote power station owned by Dangote Industries Zambia which supplies power to Dangote cement production facility.
Bupe Chama Chalenga, Environment and Social Coordinator at CEC on Monday said the study will be in compliance with the Zambian environmental regulations and appropriate international best practice.
“CEC will undertake an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study, and prepare an Environmental and Social Impact Statement (ESIS), as well as a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for consideration by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency,” Chalenga said.
Chalenga said CEC has invited government agencies, local authorities, local traditional leadership, non-government organisations, community-based organisations, relevant stakeholders, interested parties, affected communities and individuals to public consultation scoping, as part of the ESIA.
The stakeholders are to air their views on the proposed project for consideration in the determination of the scope of works of the ESIA and RAP study.
CEC owns and operates a 66kV sub-transmission infrastructure in Ndola, which is supplied from the Company’s 220/66kV Maposa substation, located about half way between the cities of Kitwe and Ndola.
CEC plans to extend this 66kV network from Ndola Refinery substation to Dangote cement plant in Masaiti District.