The surge affected output at the Kariba hydropower plant and the coal-fired Hwange facility, said Zhemu from the capital, Harare.
Electricity has been partially restored in the country starting with Kariba of the nation’s five plants that shut down. Engineers currently trying to restore output at the Hwange units, he said.
According to the Zimbabwe Power Company’s website, Kariba generates 1 014 megawatts of power, whereas national usage is over 2 000 megawatts. Zimbabwe cannot generate enough electricity on its own and must rely on imports from South Africa and Mozambique to fulfil demand.
“Demand is outweighing internal power-generation capacity,” Zhemu said.
Businesses were using diesel generators to power their operations in areas of Harare’s city centre yesterday.
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