Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, on Wednesday disclosed that the power utility upgraded load shedding to Stage 2.
Gwasira said that the move was necessitated by a technical fault at the Hwange Thermal Power Station and the loss of one of the Stage 2 Units at 5 pm. He said:
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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 led to a loss of about 160MW. Load shedding hours and affected areas have extended beyond the publicized schedule.
In response to a question on what Stage 2 Unit was, Gwasira explained how the Thermal Power Plant was built. He said:
Hwange power stage was built in stages. Stage 1 has 4 x120MW Units, stage 2 was built later and has 2 x220MW Units. Stage 3 is currently under construction and has 2 x 300MW units.
The country has been experiencing acute powers shortages since May, prompting the power utility to impose debilitating power cuts across the country.