Energy crisis 'threatens Zambian economy’

Image source: Akbar Nemati.Image source: Akbar Nemati.Zambia cannot keep up with fuel and electricity demand and its economic activities are under threat as a result, experts have warned

The country donated five million litres of fuel to neighbouring Malawi two months ago, but its current energy supply problems have resulted in some industries and mines scaling back production.

If government action is not taken the situation could worsen to such an extent that experts have warned it could result in economic disaster.

According to Africa News, Zambian authorities have said that an interlink pipeline burst that runs from Tanzania to Zambia has caused the fuel shortage.

The power shortfall has been exacerbated by the increased use of heaters during Zambia’s winter.

The government has plans in place to create a surplus of 600 MW by 2016, but the current electricity demand outstrips the country’s current capacity of 1,800 MW.

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