ZESCO gives Zambians load shedding relief

zesZambians will this month not experience any incidences of load shedding, ZESCO Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu has disclosed.

Speaking at breakfast meeting in Lusaka this morning, Mr. Chitundu however said power outages may be experienced due to faults on the system.

Mr. Chitundu has attributed this development to the commissioning of the refurbished and upgraded generator number four at Kariba North Bank Power Station which has added 180 megawatts electricity generating capacity, hugely easing load-shedding.

The additional 180 megawatts from Kariba North Bank Power Station has reduced the national daily deficit that was initially at 250 megawatts to about 70 megawatts during peak periods.

Mr. Chitundu says ZESCO still has historical line and transformer challenges but that the advantage is that the power utility company has identified the challenges and that strategies have been put in place to mitigate them.

He says power outages may sometimes be as a result of faults which occur on the network and not load shedding.

The ZESCO Managing Director says with the increased generation capacity, load management now is only because of transformer and line challenges.

Mr. Chitundu has also stated that ZESCO will continue to publish in the print media load management schedules for fairness in implementation beyond January.



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