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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Boost for Kariba Hydro Power Station, Power output set to increase

Economy Boost for Kariba Hydro Power Station, Power output set to increase

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has increased water allocation for electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia following improved water inflows into Kariba Dam.

This means Kariba Hydro Power Station is set to increase output, which is good news to industry as power supply is one of the key enablers.

Adequate power supply might result in reduced power imports thereby saving the country the much needed foreign currency.

In a statement, ZRA chief executive officer Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa said water levels at Kariba Hydro Power Station was increased by four billion cubic meters (4BCM) after a review of the hydrological outlook.

He said the additional water allocation would be shared equally between the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco), adding that the authority will continue to monitor the hydrological outlook at Kariba.

“Following a review of hydrological outlook at Kariba undertaken at the end of the second quarter of 2020, the authority has since increased the water allocation for power generation operations at Kariba by 4BCM,” said Eng Munodawafa.

The water levels at Kariba Dam, which reached a peak of 481,30 metres on the 30th of June have, however, started receding with the recession expected to continue until the next rainfall season.

“This is an upward review of the combined water allocation for the year from 23BCM to 27 BCM. The Authority will continue to monitor the hydrological outlook for the Kariba catchment and water levels at the Kariba Dam,” he said.

The rehabilitation works at Kariba Hydropower Plant were completed in 2018 resulting in the plant’s installed capacity improimproving to 1 050MW from 750MW.

13 COMMENTS

  1. “The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has increased water allocation for electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia following improved water inflows into Kariba Dam.”
    This is boring – year in year out same story and nothing seem to change. Its annoying.
    Disaster!!!!

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  2. Akainde in his usual deceit manner and mode, took a picture of Vic falls when the level of water increased and splashed his usual bally nonsense that he was going to fix load shedding much to the delight of his brainwashed cadres, including educated ones. He deliberately ignored the role and responsibility of Zambezi River Authority. Mwanawasa was right the chap can lie as long as he achieves his goal.

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  3. Very annoying indeed. This time they just have to keep quiet and only act. We will know there is improvement when loadsheding hours reduce.

  4. @ sungwe whats zambezi river authority’s role on solar ,gas,and wing energy? why cant you think outside the box iwe ka mudala?

  5. One year of loadshedding….ati it is because of el nono…hell no it is because we are broke.Why are we broke Mr President,were did the nation ‘s wealth go?Oh that is a reasonable question with PF…

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  6. Thanks for the upward review, but how does that translate in loadshed hours?

    Really, there should not be any loadshed in the hours 06:00-22:00, because those are essential hours when people are awake. Turn it off at night when people are asleep.

  7. Thanks for the upward review, but how does that translate in loadshed hours?

    Really, there should not be any loadshed in the hours 06:00-22:00, because those are essential hours when people are awake. Turn it off at night when people are asleep.

  8. 1. Purchase of expensive Presidential Jets in the name of Zambia Air Force
    2. Around the world in 80 days Presidential trips (triggering Allowances)
    3. Purchase of Sala ula Fire Fighters
    4. Undeserved Salary increaments for useless Ministers and MPs
    List is end less

    (That is where the money was spent)

  9. “…….reached a peak of 481,30 metres on the 30th of June have, however, started receding with the recession expected to continue until the next rainfall season….”

    This is alarming. The water is being depleted already ?
    Looks to me like the stage has been set for return to full load shedding in 2 months time

  10. We told you that patience pays. . . we would rather invest in long term benefits than quick short term fixes. Lukanga people like you suffer from effects of poverty on brain. You can president to travel to different parts of world using your fathers canoe? Fuuuseke iwe

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