Drought Triggers Load shedding in Zimbabwe

  • Last week, Zimbabwe announced that it will be implementing a load shedding program from today.
  • The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) announced that it has been forced to cut power generation at its Kariba Dam power plant due to low water levels.
  • The dam, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is only 34% full and cannot generate electricity at optimal capacity.
  • The utility also announced that it is facing generation constraints at Hwange Power Station, and limited imports from Eskom in South Africa and from Mozambique.

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) has announced that a load shedding schedule will commence today. The load shedding will be within the morning and evening peak periods of 5am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm respectively. However, the durations may be longer in the event of increased power shortfall to avoid the collapse of the National Electric grid.

The load shedding cycles will be in two stages as follows;

Stage 1; the first group of customers as listed on the schedule will be switched off as the power shortfall will be within planned limits.

Stage 2; Please be advised that the power supply situation is dynamic, in the event that the power shortfall increases beyond the planned limits, load shedding will move into stage 2. These are additional areas that will be switched off as per schedule when the shortfall is higher for the particular time.

See load shedding schedule here

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