THE Kariba Dam is now left with power generating capacity of 165 days unless there will be significant water inflows in the next few months, an official from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has said.

Speaking after a tour of Kariba Power Station last Friday, the power station’s general manager, Kenneth Maswera, said water levels in the dam were now at 477.15m which was 1.65m above the minimum power generation threshold.

Mr Maswera said the current water levels were the lowest levels recorded since the 1992 drought.

He said power generation at Kariba North Bank hydropower station had declined to 285 MW against a generation capacity of 750 megawatts (MW) due to dwindling water levels in Kariba dam.

Mr Maswera said Kariba power generation was constructed and designed to operate between 475.5m and 488.50m.