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We are experiencing significant difficulties to balance power – ZESCO

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Zambia Electricity and Supply Company Limited (ZESCO) says it is experiencing significant difficulties to balance the available power supply with demand.

ZESCO Corporate Affairs Department says this is due to the adverse El Niño effects.

ZESCO says this has drastically suppressed hydro power generation at its major power stations.

“To supplement this reduced power generation, ZESCO is taking up 105 Megawatts of power from Ndola Energy, importing up to 188W Megawatts from Mozambique and has gone further to reduce power exports from 520MW in February to 281MW in June, 2024.

“However, the total available power of 1,268MW still falls short of the demand of 2,216MW (June 2024).

“Further, the Corporation is prioritising critical loads to sustain industry, agriculture and essential services.

“Owing to the above, the Corporation has to deploy emergency load management measures to sustain the power system.

“The above scenario entails that ZESCO will have to ration power outside the planned timings.
The present power generating status is as follows:

• Kafue Gorge:
372MW against capacity of 990MW
• Kafue Gorge Lower: 179MW against installed capacity of 750MW
• Kariba North Bank: 98MW against installed capacity of 1,080MW
• ItezhiTezhi PC:
34MW against installed capacity of 120MW
• Ndola Energy:
105MW
• Others Combined: 480MW

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