Power cuts set to intensify – ZESA

Power cuts set to intensify – ZESA

HARARE, September 4 (The Source) – Zimbabwe’s power utility ZESA says the country will experience more power cuts in the next five months owing to maintenance work being carried out at Hwange and Kariba power stations, as well as diminishing imports.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, ZESA’s power generation unit, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) said the maintenance work would be carried out from September to February next year.

“Now that the winter period has come to an end, we wish to advise the public that we will be carrying out planned outages for maintenance at the power stations,” read the statement.

ZPC said it had since requested its power distribution sister company to source for additional power while the maintenance work was being carried out.

The country has been experiencing power shortages in the last decade due to obsolete equipment and limited investment in the energy sector, paralyzing industry and starving households of electricity.

The power utility is currently generating just over 1,300 megawatts against a demand of 2,000MW.