400MW Eskom Deal Done, Load Shedding Back To Stage 1 – ZESA Spokesperson

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The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), has revealed that the power deal with South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, has finally been consummated. Zimbabwe is currently receiving 400MW from Eskom.

In a statement, ZESA spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira said that load shedding has been downgraded to Stage 1, which essentially reduces power cuts from roughly 18 hours to 8 hours a day. He said:

The electricity supply situation has improved significantly following interventions by both the Government and the line ministry to access power from the region.

I can confirm that we started receiving power from Eskom on Thursday after payment modalities were worked out by both utilities.

This power supply situation gives predictability to load-shedding and largely puts all customers in Stage 1 load-shedding. So there is significant relief but does not eliminate load- shedding.

Gwasira, however, revealed that the country is generating less power than the installed capacity of its power plants.

Kariba Hydro is generating a paltry 277MW down from 1050MW while Hwange experiences intermittent breakdowns as a result of ageing equipment. Added Gwasira:

Our plants are still old and still have a high frequency of break down. Kariba has lost 800MW and Eskom is providing 400MW. There is still a gap of about 400MW which will be managed by load shedding.

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