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The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has approved the construction of a mini Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) filling plant by Oryx Energies Zambia Limited, to be built in Chongwe District of Lusaka Province valued at $ 883,330.

During the 21st sitting of the Environmental Assessment Committee, the Committee approved the proposed construction of the filling plant project which is anticipated to contribute towards mitigating the energy crisis as well as promoting alternative energy sources.

ZEMA Acting Director General Karen Etondo said Liquified Petroleum Gas is an essential energy source for cooking and heating at household and industrial levels.

Mrs. Etondo also said the committee approved the proposed construction of Nazilongo dam in Mukwela area of Kalomo district by Graham Mulders, as well as the construction of a Small dam on Mulembo river in Kapeshi village in Chief Shaibila’s Chiefdom in Mkushi District of Central Province by Tembusha Farming Limited, at a total investment costs of $120,000 and K400,000 respectively.

“As the country continues to grapple with the water and energy deficiency, the three projects are expected to positively contribute to government’s efforts in dealing with the impacts of the drought on the economy”, said Mrs. Etondo in a statement issued to RCV News in Lusaka today.

By Margaret Mwanza