Kariba Dam Capacity Drops To 43%. Power Generation Threatened

The generation of adequate power in Zimbabwe is threatened as Kariba Dam’s water capacity dropped from 85% in October to a current 43%.  This has mainly been caused by reduced inflows from the Zambezi River that feeds it.

Upstream in Victoria Falls water inflowes are less than half of what they were a year ago, and near a record low for this time of the year, according to data from the Zambezi River Authority, which manages the dam.

Water outflows through the turbines at Kariba, which shows how much power they’re producing, has been cut by 27% this month alone.

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The situation has forced Zambia to reduce hydropower production at the Kariba Dam. It’s not clear yet what steps Zimbabwe is taking as the water levels at the dam dwindle rapidly.

The Kariba Power Station is Zimbabwe’s single largest source of power currently generating between 595 and 1032 Megawatts in a country currently consuming a total of 1,527 Megawatts.

Massive load-shedding could result from any reduced power generation at Kariba.

More: Lusaka Times

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