The power crisis in Zimbabwe could worsen after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) revealed that power generation at Kariba Hydro Power Station is progressively dwindling.
In a statement, ZESA spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira disclosed that power generation at Kariba has fallen from a peak of 1 050MW to 360MW. He said:
Indeed we are getting power from Eskom up to 400MW. The major challenge is that the gap being left by Kariba is progressively getting bigger.
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From 1050MW down to 360MW. It’s this difference in addition to plant breakdown which is driving load shedding.
Gwasira further revealed that load shedding is now at Stage 2 following a technical fault at Hwange Thermal Power Station. Said Gwasira:
Zesa is implementing stage 2 load shedding due to a technical fault at Hwange and the loss of one of the Stage 2 Units at 1700hrs. This lead to a loss of about 160MW. Load shedding hours and affected areas have extended beyond the publicized schedule.