Kariba Power Plant Faces Imminent Shutdown

The Kariba Hydroelectric Plant could be shut down completely by January 2020 due to a fall in water levels, making the little water remaining unusable (dead water).

This was revealed by Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) Chief Executive Officer, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, who also said the authority will soon present the figures on the water levels to the government. He said:

We could drastically, drastically reduce to the extent of even shutting down Kariba. We are still calculating so that we can present the extent figures to the governments but l do not see anything good coming out.


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According to latest figures, the water level declined to 476.99m as of the 5th of this month, with the lake designed to operate between 475.50 metre and 488.50 metre levels for hydropower generation.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Minister of Energy, Mathew Nkhuwa said it will take up three years to fill up Lake Kariba provided adequate rains are received.

More: ZBC News

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6 comments on “Kariba Power Plant Faces Imminent Shutdown

  1. Imvelo kayimfuni umuntu ongcolile.Ziningi kabi izinto ezenzakala eKariba.Kanti umona lawo awubusisekanga.Liwuqophile umlandu babusi baseZim.Okulandelayo yikuzamazama komhlaba.Bahlupheka abantu beNkosi uMambo loMzilikazi.

  2. Haiwawo kuti tinombofa here vharai. 2030 ED anenge achiripo futi imi muchingodzima magetsi. Tatanga kuita drought nhasi here huhu. Kana muchifunga kuti ED achabviswa nekuda kwaizvozvo muchanyara manje. Mazishaya enyu mese

  3. Is this not spiritual yes i understand the heavens hve not been friendly of late but to reach these levels with Dam is too catastrophic and theres more to it thn meet the eye according to me mayb iam wrong mayb iam correct

  4. We have PhD holders but they all waited for this, you should be proactive not reactive all engineers put together couldn’t come up with briliant ideas kwena eeee it shows how u all jumped thru the Windows and not passing for sure linkages mu Zambia e problem. Zesco can u fire all engineers they are just bringing down the economy

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