HARARE, November 1 (The Source) – The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) sent out a total of 2029.88GWh of electricity against a target of 2124.59GWh in the third quarter of 2017, missing the production target for the quarter by 4.46 percent leading to resumption of load shedding in some parts of the country.
In a quarterly update ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro said performance was affected by forced outages at Hwange Thermal Power Station and other smaller stations around the country.
“Hwange failed to meet its target as a result of the delayed return to service of Unit 6 from major overhaul, numerous tube leaks as well as milling plant challenges,” he said.
“Output at the Small Thermals was constrained due to low availability of the boiler and turbine plant, as well as unavailability of coal”.
Gwariro said coal suppliers had fallen short of their delivery targets for the quarter resulting in depleted stock levels at the Thermal Stations.
Year on year output sent out was 7.75 percent lower at 5430 GWh against a target of 5886 GWh.
He added water levels at lake Kariba dropped from 483.19m at the end of the second quarter to 481.99m (46.89 percent full) at the end of September 2017.