The government said the increased power cuts resulted from the breakdown of three electricity generation units at Hwange Thermal Power Station.
This was revealed by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday. Said Mutsvangwa:
Cabinet received the weekly power and energy supply status report for the country from the Minister of Energy and Power Development (Advocate Fortune Chasi).
The minister indicated that, whereas the electricity supply situation had begun to register significant improvement following the resumption of imports from Eskom (of South Africa), the situation recently took a dip owing to the break-down of three electricity generation units at the Hwange Thermal Power Station.
The Minister (Adv Chasi), however, assured Cabinet that the situation should stabilise within a few days since two of the three broken-down units are now expected to return to service soon.
Furthermore, the minister also advised Cabinet that discussions with HCB of Mozambique and Zesco of Zambia for the provision of additional power imports are ongoing.
The minister expressed hope that the discussions would soon be concluded, thereby further improving the electricity supply situation in the country.
The country experienced some respite from the debilitating power cuts in August soon after the country put in place a deal with South Africa’s power utility, Eskom to supply an additional 400 MW.
However, the improved power supplies were experienced for a few days before ZESA announced that load shedding has been downgraded to Stage 2 where power is available for about 8 hours a day.