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More dark days ahead

THE country is set to endure more power cuts as Zesa yesterday announced it will switch off Kariba Power Station for maintenance.

This comes barely a week after two thirds of the capital was plunged into darkness due to vandalism

and equipment failure.

In a statement yesterday, Zesa advised that there will be a significant increase in load-shedding due to reduced generation at Kariba Power Station from October 26 (today) to November 6.

“This has been necessitated by critical corrective maintenance which has to be undertaken on the generator transformer serving Units 1 and 2 at the Power Station, which is now long overdue,” says the statement.

Generation at Kariba Power Station will thus be reduced by 250MW, from a capacity of 750MW.

The outages, which had been mainly restricted to residential suburbs last week spilled into the city centre bringing to a standstill operations at the Passport Office and private hospitals while businesses at suburban shopping centres were badly affected.

Zesa spokesman Fullard Gwasira said the power utility has however put in place arrangements to alleviate the situation through increased power generation at Hwange, which will be subject to the availability of adequate coal supplies. — Staff Writer.

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