9 generators break down

HARARE - At least nine power generators owned by the embattled power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) have broken down, worsening an already dire power supply situation in the country, officials said this week
An acute foreign currency squeeze is hampering efforts to repair th

e broken down generators. To compound the crisis, at least two power stations at Kariba are down and four others at Hwange Power Station are out of service owing to serious mechanical faults.
Our sources at ZESA said the Harare power plant had limited power and could not sufficiently supply electricity to the city. Munyati power station was shut down because there is no coal for the generators, while another power station in Bulawayo has limited coal stocks.
Senior Zesa officials said they had suffered more operational losses in most of its core business activities, including generation, transmission and distribution systems.
The persistent fuel shortage has seriously affected Zesa’s thermal power stations, he said. Additional electricity would only be obtained after the upgrading of the line between Zambia and the DRC.
The senior official denied reports that Eskom has threatened to cut off supplies to Zimbabwe because of a mounting debt.
“We never received threats to cut supply of electricity from Eskom,” he said, adding the South African company was under pressure from its consumers not to continue to supply Zesa with power without payment while “it quickly disconnects South African consumers for failing to pay their bills”. – Chief Reporter

Post published in: News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *