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Zimbabwe restoring power supplies

30 Sep 2022, 12:18 GMT+10

HARARE, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Power supplies in Zimbabwe are expected to significantly improve from Friday this week after the power utility managed to restore units at the country's two major power plants, an official said Thursday.

Zimbabwe suffered biting power cuts this week as the two power plants experienced technical faults that severely depressed power generation.

The largest coal-fired power plant, Hwange Thermal Power Station, completely shut down on Wednesday due to technical faults while the Kariba South Hydro Power Station experienced a system loss for hours, triggering prolonged load shedding.

Giving an update on the power situation, Gloria Magombo, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development explained that the depressed generation was due to technical faults and constrained imports.

She said supplies were expected to start improving Friday after both Hwange and Kariba had started firing up.

By Thursday, total power generation stood at 1,117 MW, close to its usual average generation of 1,200 MW, a long way short of the peak demand of around 1,700 MW.

The country plugs the shortfall through imports from neighboring South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

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