High water levels reduce load shedding-ZESCO


By Nation Reporter

HIGH water levels at both Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi Dams have reduced load shedding hours from eight to four hours, says ZESCO spokesperson Henry Kapata.

Mr Kapata explained that currently water levels at both Kariba and the Itezhi-Tezhi Dams stood at 480.16 metres and 126.50 metres respectively. He explained that water levels at the Kariba Dam that straddled Zambia and Zimbabwe with a minimum water level of 475.50 metres and maximum of about 487.70 metres, currently stood at 480.16 metres.

He explained that most power plants which had contributed to reduced loads shedding such as the Itezhi-Tezhi had come on board.

“The current status on our installations with regards to water levels is such that, let’s say Itezhi-Tezhi, we are currently standing at 126.50metres while the maximum is about 130.50 metres,

“When we get to Kariba Dam, it has minimum water levels of about 475 .50 and we are currently standing at 480.16 and so that is where we are now with regards to water levels,” he said.

He explained that water levels at the Kafue Gorge in Southern Province with minimum levels of 974 metres and was currently standing at 974.63 metres. Mr Kapata said another part which had reduced load shedding hours were the power imports from Mozambique and South Africa.  He said load shedding hours could be reduced further once the 300 MW Maamba thermal plant came into operation.