Coronavirus Blamed For Ongoing Load Shedding

Newly-appointed Minister of Energy and Power Development, Soda Zhemu, has said the load shedding being experienced in the country is set to continue for some time.

Zhemu told Sunday News on Saturday that experts who are contracted to fix technical problems at some of the country’s power generating stations are failing to travel due to restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Muzarabani North legislator revealed that South African experts are contracted to maintain Unit Three of the Hwange Thermal Power Station, while Italians are contracted to service Unit Six.

Due to lockdown restrictions imposed globally, the South Africans and Italians have not been able to travel to Zimbabwe to service the units. Zhemu said:

Unit three and six are due for their annual overhaul. Unit three is meant to be serviced by South Africans while Unit six by Italians, I am confident that with the easing of lockdown regulations these experts can travel to the country to undertake the work that needs to be done.

Engineers are also working on a tube leak that was experienced at Unit two of which if it’s fixed it will see the power supplies being vastly improved because our current deficit is just between 50 and 70 megawatts.

Zhemu said power generation has significantly increased since Friday because of the additional 150 megawatts added to the national grid from the repaired Hwange Unit Five.

He added that the technical challenges at Kariba Power Station have been addressed as it is now feeding 925 megawatts into the national power grid.

More: Sunday News

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