Zesa announces loadshedding starting Tuesday
ZESA Holdings announced that there will be moderate load shedding on Tuesday night.
ZESA said the loadshedding will be in different parts of the country due to reduced capacity and generation at Hwange Power Station.
In a statement, the power utility said its engineers are working flat out to restore full capacity at the thermal power plant.
The statement read:
ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that there is limited power supply on the national electricity grid due to reduced capacity and generation at Hwange Power Station.
This will lead to moderate load curtailment between 1800hrs and 2000hrs tonight (Tuesday 15 September 2020).
Restoration of service to optimum levels is currently underway and customers are advised to use the available power sparingly.
The inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.
The announcement comes as a disappointment to Zimbabweans after assurances by the country’s Energy and Power Development Minister, Soda Zhemu that power supplies would improve in the coming days as interventions were being implemented to restore normal generation at Hwange Thermal Power Station.
Speaking to The Chronicle on the sidelines of a tour of the Hwange units 7 and 8 expansion project a few days ago, Minister Zhemu said engineers at Hwange Power Station had completed the refurbishment of unit 5 and were awaiting delivery of diesel to start up the generators for it to be back online.
Three units are currently in service and doing between 260 and 270MW, which is actually inadequate considering the power demands in the country. So far, we are expecting unit 5 to be back on service anytime once diesel is made available, which we heard is on its way. In the next 2-3 days unit 5 will be back to service. Once that unit is back online then the current power outages will be a thing of the past. Yes, we know there is work going on at units 3 and 6 and arrangements to have the experts coming back into the country.
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