Zambian State power company Zesco expects to end emergency power imports from Mozambique in the first quarter of next year, a senior executive said on Thursday.
Zambia's power generation had improved and it will largely manage to meet its electricity requirements, Zesco Director of Transmission Webster Musonda told reporters.
"By and large we will be able to meet our own demand and firm imports will end by the first quarter of next year but we are still in a position to procure on a non-firm basis," Musonda said, meaning the company would still have the option to import power if necessary.
Zambia would not ration electricity as Africa's No. 2 copper producer had enough water to generate power at its hydroelectric dams, Zesco managing director Victor Mundende said.
Maximum national power demand currently stood at 2 030 MW against total national installed capacity of just under 2 400 MW, he said.
Zambia's electricity deficit rose to 1 000 MW in 2016 as the nation cut hydropower generation due to falling water levels as drought hit the region.
Zambia's finance ministry expects the economy to rebound this year and in subsequent years after gross domestic product growth was limited to 3.6% last year by low copper prices, power shortages, inflation and a government cash crunch that restricted investment into new projects.