Power Generation At Kariba Remains Constrained Despite Heavy Rains

Power generation at Kariba Hydropower Station will remain depressed for the foreseeable future despite increased rainfall activity.

The recorded volume of usable (live) water is still very low compared to the same period last year. Zambezi River Authority chief executive Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa had this to say:

It is worth noting, however, that despite the increase in rainfall activities in the Kariba catchment area, there has been no significant rise in the Kariba Lake levels. Therefore, generation capacity remains constrained.

As at 21st February 2020, the recorded lake level at Lake Kariba was 4 77,01m, with 10,4 per cent or 6,7 billion cubic meters (BCM) of usable storage.

However, this recorded volume of stored usable water is 76 per cent lower than that recorded on the same date last year (a lake level of 481,41m with usable storage of 27,5BCM of storage or 42,4 per cent live storage).

ZRA capped water allocated for power generation at 22 billion cubic metres, which translates to an average production of the rate of 550MW shared equally between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

More: The Herald

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One Comment on “Power Generation At Kariba Remains Constrained Despite Heavy Rains

  1. Why are you showing us the outflow side of the dam only. Is this an appreciation error by the reporter on the good rain season that the Lord has blessed us. Others such as politicians are saying we need 3 years reasons of rain to fill the dam. Ladies gents during unip time that dam used to be filled by 01 year of rain season. What has changed now? Looking at the picture, i see no water ĺeakages for a dam not to be filled to the required height. Seepage is not to talk because because the seepage on that dam has been there from the time of existence to-date. The fact is that a lot of impervious surfaces, the roads and all sorts of buildings have been created through out our mother land, Zambia. The surface water run off which could have been percolated has been ending up into the rivers. Therefore, the inflow at the dam has increased by that amount ofwater surface run off.

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