Zimbabwe Engages Zambia For Additional Power Imports - Minister

Capitalk Reporter |  1 year ago | top

Zimbabwe is reportedly negotiating with neighboring Zambia for additional power imports following indications that the country’s Kariba South Power Station could soon be shut down due to low water levels.

Acting Information Minister Jenfan Muswere told a post-cabinet briefing yesterday that deliberations had been made and Energy Minister Zhemu Soda would update the nation soon.

Apart from the Zambia deal, Zimbabwe is banking on the expected coming online of Hwange Unit 7 with an additional 300 megawatts (MW) next month.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have a combined generation capacity of 2,130 megawatts at Kariba, which is on the Zambezi River that separates the two countries.

In July, Zambia declared that it had a surplus of about 1,000 MW.

According to the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) website, Hwange Power Station is generating just 245 MW, while other power stations in Harare, Bulawayo, Munyati, and Kariba are generating 11 MW, 0 MW, 14 MW, and 854 MW, respectively, to give a total of 1 124 MW, against a peak demand of 2 200 MW.

The move to engage Zambia comes after the Zambezi River Authority's (ZRA) chief executive officer, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, said Zimbabwe had exhausted its 2022 water allocation, necessitating the shutdown of the Kariba South Bank Power Station.