Zimbabwe’s power utility, ZESA, has begun implementing crippling daily power cuts due to generation constraints at its major power stations in Hwange and Kariba as well as limited imports, Business Times can report.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC),a distribution unit of ZESA, has released a load shedding schedule.
ZETDC said in a statement that Kariba South Hydroelectric Power Station is now required to take out two generators daily for 12 hours for dam rehabilitation works.
“The planned outage of the two units restricts Kariba Power Station output during these hours.
“The power shortfall is being managed through load shedding in order to balance the power supply available and the connected load.
“The power utility therefore wishes to advise its valued customers that shall be implementing load shedding as per the schedules.
Customers are encouraged to look out for their areas of concern for planning purposes. It is imperative to note that the programme takes cognizance and gives priority to critical supply points such as major referral hospitals, water and sewer installations, national security establishments, oxygen producing plants and winter wheat farmers,” ZETDC said.