Increase power cuts on the way – ZESA Holdings
ELECTRICITY generation at Kariba Power Station has been reduced by 275 megawatts due to depleted dam levels with effect from today.
This means consumers would experience suppressed power suppliers until generation is brought back to normal levels
In a statement on Tuesday, ZESA Holdings said during this period, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) would take full advantage of the reduction of units in service at Kariba to undertake the annual statutory maintenance, scheduled to be conducted between September 1 and January 28 2016.
“Generation will consequently be reduced from the normal 750MW to 475MW until dam levels have risen to the requisite levels,” said ZESA Holdings.
While generation at thermal power stations is not affected by hydrological issues, units at Hwange Power Station will also undergo statutory maintenance which will be completed by October 7 this year to ensure greater safety and reliability going forward.
“The power utility advises customers that the planned annual maintenance of Hwange and the reduction in water levels at Kariba dam would lead to changes being effected to the previously publicised load shedding schedule,” ZESA Holdings said.
Although the effects of load shedding will be minimised with possible power imports where available, ZESA Holdings said consumers should use the available power very sparingly to minimise the extent and duration of the load shedding.
Zimbabwe requires 2 200 megawatts per month against a current generation capacity of about 1 200 megawatts, thus creating a shortfall of 1 000 megawatts.