The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has advised Zimbabweans to brace for more hours of darkness as electricity load shedding is set to become worse from July 13.
The national power utility warned the country that the electricity power cuts will worsen due to “depressed power generation” at a time of high demand.
According to official data from ZESA subsidiary Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), Munyati, Harare and Bulawayo Thermal Power Stations have gone offline. They are not producing any electricity at all at the moment.
Hwange Thermal Power Station, on the other hand, is currently producing 388 MW, less than half of its installed capacity of 920 MW.
Kariba Hydro Power Station is currently producing 831 MW for a total of 1219 MW, and this is just over half the peak demand of 2,000 megawatts.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ZESA announced that load shedding will get worse.
Below is part of the statement from the national power utility.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that there will be increased load curtailment from July 13 2022.
This is due to depressed local power generation coupled by increased electricity demand in winter and power import constraints. Our Engineers are still working round the clock to ensure full restoration of service.
Customers are advised to use electricity sparingly and to always switch off electrical appliances when not in use.
The inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted.
The power utility has also come under fire from Zimbabweans for failing to produce a load shedding timetable.
Zimbabweans are frustrated at the haphazard way in which the power utility is implementing load shedding to allow them to plan better.