The Administration of Zambia allots Forty-Five Cubic Meters of Water from its Kariba Dam to Zimbabwe to wield for Electricity Generation
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) announced water layers have presently dropped off beyond applicable levels thus, the desire for Zimbabwe to reduce generation at Kariba by half from about 600 megawatts (MW) while Zambia was requested to decrease to a
maximum of 800 MW.
The country relied more on Kariba hydro-energy for electricity during the winter trimming season, as a result depleting its water allotment. Minister Soda noted. Speaking during the official launch of a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Fund and Stakeholder Engagement function in Harare, on Monday, December 12th, 2022 Soda said.
“Because of what we were experiencing at Hwange Power Station, the faults are currently obtaining at the boilers – we had to depend on Kariba Dam more than the Zambians did; especially during winter when we wanted to produce adequate wheat. It was a strategy and it worked because we will not import wheat because of the bumper
The cost has been on excessive use of water which was supposed to be economized on. We are very conscious that we overused our water and by last week, Zimbabwe had overused the water by around 5% of its allocation. We are using Zambian water to generate electricity for ourselves. There was a high-level meeting between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Zambia allowed us to use its water to generate 300 megawatts”
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent