Drought Forces Zimbabwe To Seek Relief On Power Payments To South Africa

5 Jun 2019 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
HARARE, Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) announced plans June 3 to approach power supplier Eskom of South Africa for relief on a payment plan for power imports as drought hits hydro power production capacity in Zimbabwe.Zimbabwe has had power shortages since 2007 and has relied on imports of over 350 MW from Eskom and about 50 MW from HCB of Mozambique. But lack of foreign exchange and the inability to pay for the imported power has forced Zesa to negotiate a new deal with Eskom.Rolling power cuts have been imposed due to an extended drought and reduced water levels at the Kariba Dam, which is reported to have enough water only for the next 3 months...

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