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Rolling blackouts warning

Rolling blackouts warning

The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Electricity 
Supply Authority (ZESA), has warned of more rolling blackouts as the utility 
struggles to meet demand on the back of collapsing infrastructure and 
sub-economic tariffs.
Vusimusi Bhebhe

ZPC chairman Richard Maasdorp said load shedding would “remain a way of life 
until we expand generation at Hwange and Kariba”.

Current total generation capacity at the two stations and smaller thermal 
plants in Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo is around 1 400 megawatts against 
national demand of 2 200MW.

Maasdorp however said new investment and private sector funding into 
generation capacity would not be forthcoming while our tariff remains 
sub-economic and in the absence of a long-term tariff formula.

The current tariff of 7.53 USc per kilowatt, was set in February 2009 and 28 
months later the utility was still awaiting approval of a “cost-reflective 

“In the absence of an increase to the tariff, ZPC has now had to slow down 
its efforts to stabilise and optimise power from its existing power 
stations. In addition efforts to raise capital for adding generation 
capacity (a four-to-five-year process from when funding is secured) will be 
thwarted,” the ZPC chairman warned.

He revealed that the utility has in the meantime been forced to cut back on 
maintenance and ongoing refurbishment in order to compensate for the 
sub-economic tariff.

“This is clearly not sustainable and if the situation is not addressed 
urgently, the lights you have from time to time today will go out tomorrow,” 
he said.

Zimbabwe has experienced rolling power cuts during the past decade due to 
inadequate generation capacity by ZESA.

This has seen ZESA implementing a load management programme under which the 
utility regularly switches off some customers during the day in order to 
stretch the available supplies.

The daily power cuts have affected domestic consumers as well as the 
business community, with some factories forced to retrench workers due to 
low production.

ZESA said it was making alternative arrangements with other southern African 
utilities to augment supplies during the shortages necessitated by the 
ongoing maintenance work on the Kariba plant.

Zimbabwe imports about 35 percent of its power needs from the national 
utilities of Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and 


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