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Power shortages to worsen: ZESA

Power shortages to worsen: ZESA

11/08/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has warned that power 
supply interruptions will increase over the next three months due to 
maintenance work at Hwange thermal power station.

The power station generates about 500MW but maintenance work to increase 
capacity would temporarily result in the loss of 160MW over the next three 
months, ZESA spokesman Fullard Gwasira.

“Zesa Holdings would like to advise all its customers countrywide that 
Hwange Power Station will be undergo­ing its scheduled mandatory statutory 
maintenance to ensure the continued operational efficiency of that 
gener­ating asset,” Gwasira said.

“The scheduled maintenance will com­mence on Satur­day 11 August 2012 
(yesterday) and be completed in November 2012. During this period, a total 
of 160 MW will be lost to the national grid.”
Gwasira said the ZESA was working to step up imports from the region to 
mitigate the supply interruptions.

Zimbabwe needs about 2,200 megawatts of electricity at peak consumption but 
generates just below 1,300 megawatts, while efforts to plug the gap with 
imports are often undermined by non-payment for supplies.
Supplies are currently being rationed between both commercial and domestic 

Although the government is planning various projects to step up power 
generation a senior official recently warned that the shortages would likely 
continue for another ten years.

“By 2022 that’s when we will be able to generate enough power for domestic 
and industrial power. (But) most of our woes in terms of blackouts will end 
in 2015,” Patson Mbiriri the permanent secretary for the energy minister 
told a recent industry conference.
Legislators recently expressed concern over the impact of power supplies 
shortages on the country’s struggling economy.

“We have failed to come up with indicators just to say there will be 
something in two years and in two years this country will have enough 
energy. Yet Cabinet meets every week, Ministers are in their offices every 
day and one wonders what is really happening,” said Goromonzi North MP Paddy 

“How do we turn around the economy with energy shortages? Mining, 
agriculture . . . all need energy. We are dealing with an economy that 
hinges its turnaround on agriculture and mining all need energy yet this was 
not addressed.” 


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