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Zambia Declares Power Surplus Of 1 000MW

Zambia Declares Power Surplus Of 1 000MW

Zambia’s integrated power utility ZESCO has declared that the country has a surplus capacity of about 1 000 megawatts (MW) at a time the country is also enjoying an economic rebound.

This is happening as neighbouring Zimbabwe and South Africa are struggling with daily power cuts lasting several hours.

Zimbabwe blames power insufficiency on breakdowns at its ageing power plants.

ZESCO Managing Director Eng. Victor Mapani said currently, the installed national generation capacity stands at 3 456.8 MW compared to a peak national demand of approximately 2 300MW, according to NewZimbabwe.com.

He was speaking during a high-level panel discussion at the ongoing Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) meeting in Dakar, Senegal. He said:

We thus have a surplus of 1,156.8 MW that is available for trade within the interconnected SAPP network.

Currently four out of five units are already commissioned and running. We expect to commission the last 150 MW machine, unit 5 by November this year.

He also said that ZESCO was using internally generated resources to progress the 750 MW Kafue Gorge Lower (KGL) hydro project which was being constructed at a cost of approx.$2.3 billion and will be completed later this year in November.

In Zimbabwe, the country has for years struggled with a crippling deficit as it generates about 1 300 megawatts against peak demand estimated at about 2 000 MW.

Installed generating capacity installed capacity of 2 240 megawatts cannot be exploited due to antiquated equipment and frequent breakdowns at power plants.

Imports of 500 MW from Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa and 400MW from South Africa’s ESKOM are still inadequate to close the supply gap.

Zimbabwe is, however, modernising and expanding existing power plants and building new ones with financial backing from China with a view to becoming a net energy exporter as part of its plan to turn the country into an upper-middle-income society by 2030.

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18 Comments

🌶️🌶️🌶️ 2 weeks ago

Zanu, ZESA, machembere united dololo


Tateguru 2 weeks ago

It is well.
Zimbabwe shall re-rise.


Kakistocracy🤣Muchakaka 2 weeks ago

Ummmm ZanuPf Electricity Supply Authority TAKAKA weduweeee.

They openly admit that all the power generating plants left by Smith are getting more delapidated by they day yet during Smith's time they weren't extracting the country's minerals the way we do now. They haven't upgraded, they can't upgrade, the can't build new things and they can't repair so where are our resources going to? Is it gross incompetence or deliberate mismanagement and looting?

ZanuPf, please swallow your pride and embrace change. It is not about certain individuals' ego but about the suffering masses. HH of Zambia may not be perfect but he is delivering on his promises. Our neighbour Zambia, Chana Chitokotoko, has excess power isu kuno president akutozvambaradzwa otozhamba loadshedding in the midst of a speech in front of international investors🤣

Pasi nevakapandukira gwara regutsaruzhinji. Pasi nevakapandukira Chimurenga. Pasi nevanozvifunga ivo, vana vavo, vakadzi vavo neshamwari dzavo.

Pamberi neGolden Future. Pamberi neChana Chitokotoko Chacho. Pamberi naVaChamisa neCCC.


Machiavelli 2 weeks ago

Bravo @Kakistocracy....👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Maparamuro 2 weeks ago

Go kwacha go


Machiavelli 2 weeks ago

Now that is Strategic Planning at its best.
In the mid-seventies while a high school student we read about at least 7 power generating options varying from Batoka, Mpata, Gache-Gache, Kariba II and so forth, but almost 50 years later nothing has materialised to bring these to fruition.

It is refreshing to realise that to the North of us they haven't fallen into the malaise confounding us Zimbabweans. It's saddenning to realise that since the break up of The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland we are still trailing behind Zambia and Malawi.

The oft quoted saying (regarding independence)
"They did it in Zambia,
They did it in Malawi,
Why can't we did it too?"
still rankles. They achieved independence before us, they have achieved smooth transition of power democratically without coups, and now they have turned their countries around economically while we Zimbos notwithstanding our much touted education, resources and everything else, are wallowing in poverty and degeneracy in all spheres.

It makes one embarrassed to be a Zimbabwean.


Mmmm 2 weeks ago

At the breakup of the federation I don't know why northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia were not amalgamated into one and given it's Independence. Would have been great.
But I suppose the British always stuff it up. 😂.

Observer 2 weeks ago

Well said 👏
It's all about competent leadership.

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 weeks ago

We are building a Cyber City which will need more electricity and water 😂 first things first...


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c 2 weeks ago

CCC real change


Mmmm 2 weeks ago

So why are we not importing electricity from our neighbor Zambia????
Is it too logical a solution.


wasu 2 weeks ago

,*** its nt too logical nor wat. cant yu still remember wat our president's spokesperson used to say b4 Zambia went to poles. beasy twitting n retweets Hz a sellout bieng an opposittion watove chimwe chinhu nw vangakuenda sei kumagetsi kuZambia. dzimwe nyadzikaa dzinokunda ngoma kurira zvedii


Oskid 2 weeks ago

@wasu you are correct vave kunyara plus HH anondovsudza kuti ipai chigaro vechidiki zvifaye apa Zanu haizvidi kupa vechidiki vasina kuenda kune yavanoti hondo.Hameno kwaiitwei kuhondo ikoko.


🎱⚪ 2 weeks ago

Who will we export too wen article clearly shows everyone else is covered and already in surplus


Handizi John Chibadura 2 weeks ago

Hama dzangu handei kuZambia nguva ichiripo


Jinn 2 weeks ago

Going to Zambia isn't an option, let's try to remove ZanuPf from power and things will flourish.

valour 🇿🇦🤫 2 weeks ago

But guys what happens when you and me vote toitwa zvinongoitwa every election vorambira po panoitwa sei ndosaka vanhu vazhinji varikufamba ku voter . Need answers



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