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Zimbabwe: multiple power generation sources to help meet growing demand

The Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Transmission Company (ZEDTC), a subsidiary of power utility Zesa, says that Zimbabweans will not experience power cuts this winter season.

According to Zesa spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, should demand exceed projected levels then the possibility of load shedding may be present, Nehanda Radio reported.

Zimbabwe utilising multiple power sources

According to another Zesa subsidiary, the Zimbabwe Power Company, the country is generating 1,005MW of power from multiple power plants including Kariba (420MW), Hwange (511MW), Harare (30MW), Bulawayo (16MW) and Munyati (28MW).

[quote]Nehanda Radio added that ZEDTC is expecting an additional 200MW from the Dema diesel generator during the peak of winter.

In addition, to help meet demand, the Harare Power Station will add 40MW to the national grid with imports from South Africa and Mozambique to make up any shortfall.

Potential threat of load shedding

Gwasira said: “The power supply situation currently prevailing in the country is that there is no load shedding and it is anticipated that this position will prevail right through the winter season for all customers.

“However, if electricity demand rises beyond the projected levels, customers may witness load shedding, though mechanisms have been put in place to minimise the impact.”

He added: “The supply portfolio mix between imports and local generation is reviewed constantly. We are able to meet the current power demand from local generating assets of Kariba South Hydro Power Station, Hwange Thermal Power Station and the three small thermal of Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati, coupled with imports from fellow regional utilities such as Eskom of South Africa and Hydro Cahorra Bassa (HCB) of Mozambique, among others.”

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.