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Power generation at Kariba hydropower station increases

Story by John Nhandara

THE country has witnessed an improvement in power supply, transmitting an average of over 1400 megawatts per day as of this Tuesday.

The country is making inroads in bridging the gap between electricity demand and supply, with statistics from ZESA Holdings indicating a total supply of about 1467 megawatts as of this Tuesday.

Kariba Hydro Power Station reportedly produced 600 megawatts this Tuesday, up from an average of 400 to 500 megawatts.

The increase has been attributed to an agreement reached between Zimbabwe and the Zambezi River Authority which paved the way for the revision of the country’s water allocation, allowing the country to increase generation at Kariba Hydro Power Station.

Hwange Thermal Power Station this Tuesday generated a total of 525 megawatts, with small thermals also contributing 33 megawatts, while independent power producers added 60 megawatts.

The power utility’s spokesperson Dr George Manyaya has attributed the improved power supply situation to the implementation of various measures that include the stabilisation of performance of Hwange Unit 7 which is undergoing commissioning test.

“There has been an improved power supply situation in the country which has resulted in reduced load curtailment. This has been as a result of the implementation of various measures. Barring unforeseen technical challenges, we expect the electricity supply situation to continuously improve as we ramp up generation at the Hwange power station.

“Likewise, a lot of technical processes are ongoing in preparation for the impending synchronisation of Hwange unit 8 which will add 300MW megawatts. Furthermore, we have been ranging worth Zambezi River Authority for more water allocation and we can confirm that we have been allowed to increase generation for limited periods,” said Dr Manyaya.

The 1467 megawatts power supply is a significant improvement considering that electricity demand is forecast to be around 1700 megawatts per day.

The imminent synchronisation of Hwange Unit 8 is expected to add another 300 megawatts to the national grid.

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