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Severe Load Shedding Looms As ZRA Tells ZESA To Shut Down Kariba Power Station

Severe Load Shedding Looms As ZRA Tells ZESA To Shut Down Kariba Power Station

Zimbabweans will likely experience longer hours of load shedding as power generation at Kariba Hydro Power Station will be suspended for the remainder of the year due to low water levels at Kariba Dam.

Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) chief executive officer Munyaradzi Munodawafa revealed that the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), a subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, used more water than it had been allocated, necessitating the closure of the power plant until at least January 2023 to allow the dam to replenish.

Kariba Hydro Power Station is Zimbabwe’s only reliable power plant, as Hwange Thermal Power Station constantly breaks down due to ageing equipment while the other smaller thermal power plants are constantly affected by shortages of coal.

A letter dated 25 November 2022 addressed to the Zimbabwe Power Company by Munodawafa advising the company to shut down the Kariba South Bank Power Station, reads:

EXHAUSTION OF 2022 WATER ALLOCATION AND NEED FOR SHUTDOWN OF KARIBA SOUTH BANK POWER STATION TO AVERT RISK OF TOTAL SHUTDOWN OF POWER GENERATION OPERATIONS AT KARIBA

We refer to the above subject matter as well as to the current Water Purchase Agreement between the Zambezi River Authority, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)/Kariba Hydro Power Company (Private) Limited (KHPC) and ZESCO Limited. Further reference is made to the High Level Joint Technical Committee Meetings of 10th and 25 November 2022 held between the parties to the Water Purchase Agreement for Kariba.

Please be advised that as of 25th November 2022, Kariba South Bank Power Station had utilised 23.89 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM) of water, accounting for 1.39 BCM (or 6.16%) above the 2022 water allocation of 22.50 BCM.

Given that the Kariba Reservoir usable storage currently stands at a paltry 2.98 BCM or 4.60% full, and that ZESCO Limited still has a positive balance of 2.44BCM (10.82%) as of 25th November 2022, ZPC/KHPC no longer has any usable water to continue undertaking power generation operations at Kariba South Bank Power Station.

With the current performance of the 2022/2023 rainfall season in the Kariba Lower Catchment where the river flows are yet to improve and the associated inflows from the Upper Kariba Catchment which will only influence any potential increase in the Lake Level at Kariba during the later part of the first quarter of 2023, it is highly unlikely that there will be any reasonable inflow augmentation in the remaining period of the year 2022, giving little or no chance of improvement in the reservoir storage levels during the remaining period of the year 2022 and going into the first quarter of the year 2023.

If the current water utilisation above allocation at Kariba South Bank Power Station continues, the remaining water for power generation at Kariba (live storage) will be out by mid-December 2022 or much earlier.

Guided by the Water Purchase Agreement and the provisions of the ZRA Acts and as the agreed Reservoir Operational Framework under the Joint Technical Committee (JTC), where the Authority and the two Kariba Power Generation Utilities are obligated and have agreed to sustainably operate the reservoir, the Zambezi River Authority is left with no choice but to firmly guide that ZPC/KHPC immediately ensures that generation activities at the South Bank Power Station are wholly suspended henceforth, until January 2023 when a further review of the substantive Hydrological Outlook at Kariba will be undertaken which will include consideration of the total reservoir live storage build-up which would have resulted from a shutdown of the Kariba South Bank Power Station power generation operations.

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31 Comments

ma fair pa fair 2 months ago

In Glen view there is always unfair distribution in electricity you find the same area rimwe rinoenda magetsi and the other one hariende, vamapepeta matinyanyinyira


zesa 2 months ago

tsvagai mabasa kutown magetsi anoswera ariko.

coilpack 2 months ago

magetsi kugkrnview angotanga kunetsa over th weekend hawanzonetsa ata huyaka paBuzz apo Tighe wangu

chris 2 months ago

Taurai henyu mukuru Glen view Pa zesa apo huori hwanyanya, maybe ma shops anodhiza mari Ku team re zesa because nyangwe zvikaita sei chi side chiya hachiende magetsi APA team rac****ugh if you complain


Ticha 2 months ago

Getsimani he cherima


Ticha 2 months ago

Getsimani ne cherima


hi 2 months ago

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Dzvamu 2 months ago

Awo handisati ndamabatawo ko croatia razopera sei

FIFA 2 months ago

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Bhojomo 2 months ago

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oskido 2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Dzvamu 2 months ago

Croatia rapera sei


Dev 2 months ago

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Amana 2 months ago

We already have severe load shedding. 5am to at least 9pm every day with a little mercy on the weekend is bad enough. With this next level, I think it is fair to call it catastrophic load shedding!


chicken Chimuti 2 months ago

Batoka gorge is the only way. zvino munongoti pamusasa, pamunhondo, tichingodaidzira magetsi kuMaruva, achibva kupi? Pamwe ndini ndiri kutadza kuona mushe, ndowedzera here list yegrocery pasina Mari yawedzerwa. increase production first mozowedzera distribution. Solar farms ndizvo but anaChivhayi vakangokanda Mari muhomwe pasina chabuda. Mthuli, zesa iruda your ministry's help.


The Adjudicator 2 months ago

Sanctions are causing water shortages at Kariba.Remove them and no load shedding.


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. 2 months ago

climate change is results of sanctions...

Anonymous 2 months ago

**** you. Koo tutadza kuita zvemasolar here, cabborabasaa neeskom mukufungey navo.


vharai zvinhu zvacho kwacho 2 months ago

water shortages kudii kwacho?? Saka all these years your so called engineers havasati vagadzira another way of re using the same water here...for example kuti Painenge ichipfuura nepama turbine pacho isabva yangoenda ka but yodzoka futi neimwe way ichitenderera kudzokera futi Panema turbines ipapo that way hatiite shortage yemvura inogadzira magetsi


Tee1 2 months ago

Taura hako thot of it sm other tym kut if ey sae zesco irikupedza mvura ko ngavaite zvekuti idzoke ishande again

2 months ago

kkk ndovatungamiriri vatoda ava.they think outside the box.

Tsano VA Grant 2 months ago

Mato predicted kuti hakuchanayi zvekutosvika January here apo Met department yomboti they are on high alert coz kunogona kuita ma flash floods or mvura inongo jumper ku Kariba ukoko,,,ingobvumai kuti zvi machine zvenyu zvakaora kwete kuhwanda ne mvura,,,ma last week's maiti level yemvura kudzika kwayo ndokunotodiwa kuitira ku repair muchiti hazvina effect but less than a month matochinja nyayA nxaa


lodza 2 months ago

Ivo vanozoshandisireiko mvura yakawanda has these pple are fulish


2 months ago

So you mean that the current load shedding of 20 hrs is not severe?


Dick Doss 2 months ago

Xmas in the dark kuti mumame


2 months ago

Zvimwe zvinhu zvinotopedxa simba.ko kuitawo water harvesting moi channella ikoko mvura inongoswera ichirasika ukoo.gore negore same problem murikushaya solution here.ko iwo magetsi amuno importer mouya momatengesa for less wat kinda business is that.takambonzwa kut at one point u purchase magetsi kunze ne 13c imi mouya momatengesa 3 cents imaths dzekupi idzodzo asi yava charity kanti.business shud be business just charge mari inoenderana nevalue yemagetsi k****tenga so that u keep running pane kumachipisa kuda kufadzana tomashaya muchiita mazikwereti ari unnecesaary.shuwa imba ine ma families 5 kana 6 moda itenge magetsi e20us mwedxi wese muda kufadza ani.garai pasi mufunge strategy jmi vanhu vezesa


Da Truth 2 months ago

Haaa uuuuuuu 🙆 pakaipa ma sunctions nhaiiii kkkkkkkkk


2 months ago

Embrace Sir Maxwell Chikumbutso's technological innovations in smart power generation and make deals with him for the good of the nation at large. He is for you @Zesa not against you. Musarwadziwe naye.


Jah 🇿🇼 Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Ghana made us proud beating Korea 😂



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