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Zambia’s power utility declares end to load shedding

Zambia’s power utility, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) has announced the end of load shedding in the country.

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) cited ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mapani as saying the country will no longer experience load-shedding.

He said households and companies countrywide will now enjoy 24 hours of power supply without any disruptions.

Mapani said this comes after ZESCO restored and upgraded power generation at various power stations in the country.

Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Thursday, Mapani said ZESCO has revamped the Victoria Falls power station which is currently feeding about 20 Megawatts into the National Grid.

He said ZESCO has also upgraded power generation at Kafue Gorge Upper and Lower Power Stations by over 150 megawatts.

He also disclosed that ZESCO will soon increase power generation at Lake Kariba from the current 250 megawatts to 350 due to the increase in water levels in the Kariba Dam.

Zambia also plans to begin the importation of about 120 megawatts from Mozambique, Mapani further revealed.

Last month ZESCO announced increased hours of load shedding to twelve (12) hours daily with effect from 4 January 2023.

ZESCO said the development was in response to a drastic reduction in available water in the Kariba reservoir for electricity generation as well as routine annual maintenance at a smaller power station.

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