Power cuts worsen
Harare (New Ziana) – Consumers will face longer periods of load shedding because of depressed generating capacity at power stations and import constraints, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) said on Thursday.
Power cuts have intensified in recent days, with some suburbs going the whole day without electricity.
According to generation statistics from the Zimbabwe Power Company on Thursday, the country was producing only 1219 megawatts of electricity from Hwange Thermal and Kariba hydro power station only.
The other smaller coal-fired stations (Harare, Bulawayo, and Munyati) were off-grid.
“There will be increased load curtailment from the 13th of July 2022. This is due to depressed local power generation coupled by increased electricity demand in winter and power import constraints,” the Zetdc said.
“Our Engineers are still working round the clock to ensure full restoration of service. Customers are advised to use electricity sparingly and to always switch off electrical appliances when not in use.”
The country requires over 2000 megawatts per day and regional imports are required to offset the deficit.
But, these have not been consistent chiefly because of difficulties in making regular payments to regional power utilities.
Zesa Holdings has in the past said it required US$17 million per month to import enough power.
For the long-term, several power projects are at various stages of implementation as part of efforts to improve power supplies in the country.
For example, the expansion of the Hwange power plant through an addition of two generating units is on course, with the first unit expected to come online this year.
The two units at Hwange will add another 600 megawatts to the national grid.
Zimbabwe and Zambia are also jointly working on the planned 2 400 Megawatt Batoka Gorge hydro-electric power plant to ensure energy self-sufficiency.