State power utility ZESCO says load shedding has increased after two generators at Maamba Collieries Thermal Plant tripped out of service on Tuesday.
ZESCO Senior Manager-Marketing and Public Relations Bessie Banda said the firm has discontinued lifting power from Maamba which began on November 12th 2016 after the two generators supporting its 220KV line from Muzuma and Kafue town tripped out of service yesterday due to a technical fault.
Ms Banda said at the time of the incident, ZECO was importing 200 Megawatts of power from Maamba into the grid.
She said the two machines are out and the that ZESCI is currently not receiving power from Maamba.
Ms. Banda said ZESCO will continue with the increased load shedding until such a time that the transmission line is resynchronised into the grid and dispatch of 270 Megawatts resumes.
“However, we have been assured that the plant will be resynchronised into the grid in the next few days and our customers will be updated accordingly,” Ms. Banda said.