The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has advised its customers to brace for increased power cuts after shutting down some of the units at the Kariba South Power station.
In a statement, ZESA said the units will be taken out of service daily to allow for the completion of critical works on the Kariba Dam wall and the rehabilitation is scheduled to be completed on 25 January 2022. The notice read:
ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued stakeholders countrywide on the resumption of rehabilitation works for the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project.
The works had been temporarily shelved effective the 16th of December 2021, resulting in minimal load shedding during the festive season.
Following the Zambezi River Authority’s request to reduce generation levels at the Kariba North and Kariba South power stations, some units at the Kariba South Power station will be taken out of service daily to allow for the completion of critical works on the dam wall, resulting in reduced generation levels and load curtailment.
The expected completion date of the rehabilitation project is 25 January 2022, and stakeholders will be notified of the progress in due course.
Consumers are urged to use available power sparingly to minimize the effects of curtailment.