The REA News

The Government of Zambia through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) and ZESCO have officially launched the Electricity Service Access Project (ESAP) in an effort to increase the electricity access rate in rural areas.

Speaking during the launch, Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa said the World Bank approved a credit facility of US $26.5 million to scale up the rural electrification programme in eight (8) provinces across the country.
World Bank Country Manager Ina Ruthenburg said one billion people around the world do not have access to electricity and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa such as Zambia lag behind in development due to lack of access electricity.
The ESAP project is expected to connect 22 000 rural households and 1000 Medium to Small Enterprises (MSEs) by 2022 at a subsidised fee of K250 and K769 respectively through ZESCO.

Prior to its official launch, the ESAP project has so far connected 6,000 beneficiaries. The five (5) year project is being implemented in Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt, North Western, Eastern, Southern, Muchinga, Central and Western Provinces.


Over 3000 households have been connected to electricity through the Electricity Services Access Project (ESAP) in an effort to increase the access rate in rural areas. The ESAP project is a World Bank funded program targeted at connecting 22 000 rural households and 1000 Medium and Small scale Enterprises (MSEs) by 2022 at a subsidised fee of K250 and K769 respectively through ZESCO.


Construction works on the 0.64 megawatts Kasanjiku Mini Hydro Power Station in Mwinilunga District has reached 95 per cent completion.

Speaking during his site inspection of the power station, Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Chief Executive Officer Pastor Geoffrey Musonda said he was proud of works done on the project. Pastor Musonda expressed optimism that the project will start providing power once completed in December 2018.

"We are proud of the 95 per cent construction works that have been done on the power station. Therefore, we are set to begin supplying power by December 2018 as planned," he said.


The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has connected Milenge District to the national electricity grid at a cost of K22.6 million.

Speaking during a site inspection of the project REA Chief Executive Officer Pastor Geoffrey Musonda expressed happiness with the successful technical commissioning of the Milenge phase IV.

"I am happy to see Milenge connected to the national electricity grid because we encountered a number of challenges during implementation which made many doubt the project completion. We are happy that inspite of the challenges we faced, we are here today to witness the technical commissioning” he said.