ZESA Explains Why Zimbos Endure 12-Hour Power Blackouts

BLOOMBERG: THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) said Sunday it has begun daily 12-hour power cuts due to limited generation at its thermal plant and repairs on the dam at Kariba Hydro Power Station.

The company “is experiencing a power shortfall due to generation constraints at Hwange Power Station, limited imports and a programme of dam wall rehabilitation at Kariba,” ZETDC said in an emailed statement.

The power shortfall is being managed through load shedding in order to “balance the power supply available and the connected load.”

Hwange Thermal Power Station is the country’s biggest, with an installed capacity of 920 megawatts, but suffers frequent breakdowns due to ageing equipment. The plant in western Zimbabwe is undergoing an expansion to add 600 megawatts.

The Kariba Power Station is currently undergoing a $294 million project which is being financed by the African Development Bank, World Bank, 

Swedish government and European Union. The Southern African country has an installed capacity of 2,100 megawatts but generates an average of 1,200 to 1,300 megawatts with the shortfall being met through imports.

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