ZESA Holdings has started receiving 400 megawatts of power from the region to add to the current generation level of 692 megawatts.
According to the organisation’s website, Hwange Thermal Power Station is producing 521 megawatts, Kariba is generating 342 megawatts while Harare Thermal Power Station is generating 15 megawatts with Munyati Thermal Power Plant is chipping in with 18 megawatts.
The power utility is importing 400 megawatts from South Africa’s Eskom.
ZESA Holdings Stakeholder Relations Manager Mr Fullard Gwasira confirmed that the power utility has started receiving power imports which will go a long way in easing the power challenges.
”The electricity situation has improved significantly following interventions by government through the parent ministry to access power from the region. I can confirm we started receiving power last night from Eskom after payment modalities were worked out by both utilities,” he said.
Mr Gwasira added that this power supply situation puts predictability to loadshedding and largely puts all customers in stage 1 loadshedding.
“It also allows the utility to prioritise the productive sectors to ensure the economy to function. This power is coming coming at a great cost and i thereby urge all customers to pay their bills to ensure that the prevailing electricity supply situation is maintained and sustained,” he said.
A total of 1 092 megawatts still fall short of the required power as daily demand is estimated to be around two thousand megawatts.
The coming in of 400 megawatts from Eskom comes a few days after the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Mr George Guvamatanga informed the nation that power supply will stabilise.