Power Generation At Kariba Remains Constrained Despite Heavy Rains

3 years agoMon, 24 Feb 2020 04:01:23 GMT
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Power Generation At Kariba Remains Constrained Despite Heavy Rains

Power generation at Kariba Hydropower Station will remain depressed for the foreseeable future despite increased rainfall activity.

The recorded volume of usable (live) water is still very low compared to the same period last year. Zambezi River Authority chief executive Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa had this to say:

It is worth noting, however, that despite the increase in rainfall activities in the Kariba catchment area, there has been no significant rise in the Kariba Lake levels. Therefore, generation capacity remains constrained.

As at 21st February 2020, the recorded lake level at Lake Kariba was 4 77,01m, with 10,4 per cent or 6,7 billion cubic meters (BCM) of usable storage.

However, this recorded volume of stored usable water is 76 per cent lower than that recorded on the same date last year (a lake level of 481,41m with usable storage of 27,5BCM of storage or 42,4 per cent live storage).

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ZRA capped water allocated for power generation at 22 billion cubic metres, which translates to an average production of the rate of 550MW shared equally between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

More: The Herald



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