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Kariba Power Station Is Not Shutting Down Completely - Minister

Kariba Power Station Is Not Shutting Down Completely - Minister

Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda has said the Kariba Hydro Power Station will not shut down completely but will continue to generate about 300 megawatts (MW) daily pending a review of the water situation in Lake Kariba next year.

Addressing the media at his offices in Harare late Friday afternoon, Soda said that the government has come up with immediate measures to deal with the current power challenges. He said:

ZPC had indeed exhausted its water allocation for the year 2022. However, Kariba Power Station will not shut down completely, rather it will continue to generate but at a reduced capacity of up to 300 megawatts daily average pending a review of the water situation at the dam in January 2023.

This means that the power station has the latitude to vary its capacity as long as it maintains the required average capacity.

… In the immediate term, Government has come up with measures through its utility ZESA and IPPs to increase imports from the region.

Bilaterally, ZESA is currently negotiating for additional imports from the current suppliers.

More power will also be secured through the SAPP (Southern African Power Pool) market.

ZPC will ramp up production at Hwange Power Station to average 400MW and small thermals are expected to produce a combined total of 45MW.

We will give support to all IPPs to enable them to produce at maximum capacity.

Soda said Unit 7 is undergoing commissioning and will start feeding power into the grid later this month.

The commissioning of Unit 8 will follow within the first three months of next year, he said.

He said several companies will soon be feeding various amounts of power into the national grid. Said Soda:

Through Statutory Instrument 38 of 2022, net-metering regulations were amended to exempt from licensing a capacity of up to 5MW.

This incentive is expected to result in increased internal generation as companies set up their solar generation systems.

Caledonia Mine (12 MW), Richo Solar (1,3MW) and Guruve (1,2MW) will soon be feeding into the national grid.

| The Sunday Mail

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20 Comments

CIO 2 months ago

Takakura nezvibani zvedhiziri isu atinei ne zesa we can survive
Dei muchiti suspenda mameter enyu amunoba nawo🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🥚💡💡🕯️💡🕯️💡🕯️💡🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️💡🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️hoyoooo kkkk umwe anonyuraaa


MuPfungwe Chaiye 2 months ago

Saka ikazodzimwa completely tinenge tisisina magetsi kuti achauya zve. Arikugeneratwa acho hatisi kuaona isu


Kunta kinte 2 months ago

Vamwe kusatocommenta pano foni dzapera moto

2 months ago

How much has it been generating per day before the partial shutdown?


Worzell Gummidge 2 months ago

Totenda dzamwa dzaswera neRhivhorushenari Party. Zvinhu zvacho. Bicarbonate Zhemu gave no definite timelines or deadlines. Just a cryptic statement. Apo industry is not producing at full capacity. Mabasa akamira. Economic growth is going down. There is no sense of urgency. Zvekutungamira mazvitadza izvi. Chimbosiiraiwo Chamisa naTendai Biti vagadzirise nyika yamakauraya. Ma IPP enyu emusangano ana WeakSnail Chivharo havana solar yavanoisa muGrid. 42 years of crisis after crisis. Motoda dzimwe 5 years dzekumosha nyika. Nyaraiwo mhani.


😂😂 2 months ago

@Gumidge wandispaka. Hoo bicarbonate of soda nhai.

Vesto 2 months ago

MuchiShona tinoti Surudzo or hutyora meaning Soda made from maguri echibahwe apiswa, then water filtered through kubikisa derere

@worzel 2 months ago

chokwadi chinosekesa 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Ndazvi Shaiwa 2 months ago

Ko zvayakambonzi yadzimwa wani pa nyuzi.
Partial yazobva kupi manje?


Vesto 2 months ago

Haiwawo, Soda (Hutyora) enge achingotsenga mukanwa. Chataurwa chisvinu paribe mhanduwe

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Nkust 2 months ago

Vamwe varikushandisa magetsi nechitsotsi mashefu tirikutomaziva


Biden 2 months ago

Nothing new here same old stuff he is talking about, privatise zesa


ex 2 months ago

At 300 megawatts we are spending the whole day without zesa and you are telling us about privatize when you failed to clam back the money you took with chivayo...stop telling us nonsense, fix our beloved Zimbabwe


Kariba 4ED 2 months ago

Ko yazvobvepi mvhura ku Kariba inga you said hakusisina mvhura .liyi mdìdìwenjà


👤 2 months ago

zvemagetsi ngatisiyanei nazvo izvo,tingatokwira bp mahara.ndakatofara shuwa kuti magetsi aya ari kuita zvakadai ndisina kna chinhu mufiriji.mvura chete irimo haimbondipa stress


2 months ago

Dont take us for f.oo.ls what measures are u talking about ,aya aurikutaura kuti increasing importing electricity from the region forgetting kuti wati hapana immediate funding to fund those imports . Dont take us for f.o.ols . Hamuna kana idea even 1


2 months ago

munhu wese kuSolar, musaremedze hurumende nekutadza kufunga


2 months ago

Naiyo hur.emende ngairege kuremedza vanhu nekutadza kutungamira.

linox 2 months ago

Mazoona kuti vanhu vaone ra makuda kutsanangura asi mange matosiya vanhu vachiti ravharwa


Guka 2 months ago

Zesa garo rako



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