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

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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