POWER utility, Zesa Holdings has started implementing load shedding that will see most suburbs across the country going for at least eight hours per day without electricity almost daily.
In a statement, the company said load shedding which kicks off immediately has been necessitated by power shortfalls due to generation constraints at power stations.
“The ZETDC (Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company) is experiencing a power shortfall due to generation constraints at Hwange Power Station, limited imports and a programme of dam wall rehabilitation at Kariba, which requires that two generators be taken out for 12 hours. The planned outrage of the two units then restricts Kariba Power Station output during these hours.
“While the power utility is doing everything possible to improve the generation capacity, customers are encouraged to use the available power sparingly. Customers are advised to treat all electrical installations as live as power can be restored without notice,” said Zesa.
The power shortfall is being managed through load shedding in order to balance the power supply available and the connected load,” the company said.
According to Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) as on Friday the country was generating 1196 MW of power. Kariba was at 809 MW while Hwange was at 433 MW. Munyati, Bulawayo and Harare were at 14 MW, 18 MW and 12 MW respectively.