Zimbabwe to experience increased power cuts

THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has announced that the country will experience increased power cuts due to depressed power generation.

The move is implemented as of July 13th.

In a letter dated July 13th 2022, ZETDC mentioned escalated electricity demand in the winter season and power import constraints as other reasons for the new development.

Reads the statement: “The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that there will be increased load curtailment from the 13th of July 2022.

This is due to depressed local power generation coupled by increased electricity demand in winter and power import constraints. Our engineers are still working around the clock to ensure full restoration of service.

Customers are advised to use electricity sparingly and to always switch off electrical appliances when not in use.”

The country has only one hydropower plant and four generators powered by coal-producing a total combined capacity of 2.240 megawatts.

However, due to a plethora of challenges such as ageing infrastructure, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) in its latest update said the country is currently producing about 1, 219 MW.

Zimbabwe needs between 1,500 and 1,700 MW to maintain uninterrupted power supplies

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