Power generated by the Kariba Dam has been halved, says a recent report by Reuters.
According to Zambian State-owned Zesco, both Zambia and Zimbabwe have reduced power generation to around half capacity at their power stations at the Kariba Dam because of falling water levels in the reservoir.
Henry Kapata, a spokesperson for Zesco, said that power generation on both sides of the Zambezi River, Zambian and Zimbabwean, had been restricted to 500 MW each from total capacities of around 1 000 MW.
“The Zambezi River Authority gave us an annual allocation of 19-billion cubic metres of water and this means we can only generate up to 500 MW each,” Kapata said, referring to the jointly owned firm which manages the Zambezi River.
Water levels in the Kariba Dam had dropped to 43% of its capacity. This is as indicated by a joint technical committee bulletin issued on Feb 19. This committee includes power utilities in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
This bulletin stated that the reservoirs’ storage is decreasing because inflows into the Kariba and Kafue Gorge upper reservoirs are lower than the outflows.