Sweden pledges to support Zambia’s power industry


SWEDEN has pledged to support Zambia’s electricity industry as it is the backbone of the country’s development.
Swedish ambassador to Zambia Lena Nordstrom said the country has over the years provided assistance to the energy sector but could, however, not disclose how much has been provided.

Sweden wants to partner with Zambia in areas of energy. We have provided assistance in hydro-power and renewable energy,” she said.
Ms Nordstrom said this at a seminar yesterday aimed at addressing energy sustainable energy and urban development focusing on power quality and metering.
The seminar was organised by the Swedish embassy, Business Sweden in Southern Africa and the Energy Regulation Board (ERB).
She said stakeholder engagement on power quality and metering is critical as it will help in identifying solutions in challenges affecting the provision of reliable energy to the consumers.
At the same occasion, ERB executive director Langiwe Lungu said poor power quality can damage electrical equipment and disruptions in industrial activities hence the need to improve power quality and metering.
“ERB has on many occasions received complaints with regard to damaged equipment suspected to have been damaged as a result of poor power quality.
“Resolving such issues has been a challenge in the absence of conclusive evidence, which could be provided by a power quality management,” she said.
Ms Lungu said this in a speech read for her by ERB technical director Yohan Mukabe.
She said ERB has since embarked on a power quality study that will provide benchmarks for monitoring the performance of the energy sector.