The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC, a subsidiary of State-owned power utility Zesa, has said that power load shedding will be eased this weekend.
The power utility announced earlier this week that it was implementing stage 2 of the load shedding schedule due to a technical fault at the Hwange Thermal Power Plant that had resulted in the loss of significant generation capacity.
Responding to a complaint by Harare lawyer, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere that power was restored at 10:45 pm on Friday and cut off again at 5 am on Saturday, ZETDC said:
“Today there will be a significant relief to load shedding Advocate.”
Businesses and individuals have complained that the load shedding is resulting in higher cost of doing business.
In a statement ZETDC said:
ZETDC has started restoring Hwange. One of the small units is now on the grid producing about 80MW tomorrow (Saturday) morning one of the big Units producing 160MW also goes on stream. That’s enough power to power the whole of Bulawayo!!
Last month, energy minister Fortune Chasi warned that Kariba Dam water levels have fallen to critical levels, and will be even worse after 12 weeks.
The Zambezi River Authority which manages the Kariba water on behalf of the Zimbabwe and Zambia governments, has also limited it’s allocation for the Zambian neighbour.