December 2, 2022 | Filed under: Latest News | Posted by: News Desk 114 Views Minister of Energy Peter Kapala has announced that the country will start experiencing a six hour load shedding following the reduction of water levels at the Kariba Dam. In a ministerial statement in Parliament today on ideological situation at the Kariba dam and measures being taken to control the situation, Kapala said the power outage loadshedding will start on December 15, 2022. He said ZESCO will implement a load management regime aimed at rationing power generation at the Kariba Complex to avoid a complete shutdown.
Kapala said water has been steadily decreasing on account of low in flows from the mainstream Zambezi river and it's tributaries. "As of 28th November 2022, the Kariba lake water levels stood at 476.09m above sea level, representing only 4.
12 % of usable water storage for power generation. "Further, the situation has worsened to over utilisation of water for sustainable power generation which has resulted in low water levels," he said.
Kapala said the proposed measures will be phased and visited over the next four months in order to have security in the process. "The Zambezi River Authority has directed Zambia through ZESCO to reduce generation at Kariba to 800 megawatts until further control and Zimbabwe has also been directed to reduce to 300 megawatts," he said.