PF solution to loadshedding: mining companies ordered to reduce usage

Zambians will this month not experience any incidences of load shedding, ZESCO Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu told journalists on Friday while feeding them at a breakfast event.

Chitundu has attributed this development to the commissioning of the refurbished and upgraded generator number four at Kariba North Bank Power Station which has added 180 megawatts electricity generating capacity, hugely easing load-shedding.

But the Watchdog is reliably informed that the PF through Chitundu has ordered mining companies to reduce production and therefore reduce power usage. The served power from mines is what the PF will provide to domestic users to save face.

Chitundu said the additional 180 megawatts from Kariba North Bank Power Station has reduced the national daily deficit that was initially at 250 megawatts to about 70 megawatts during peak periods.

But he did not say why there would be no load shedding for this month only of the capacity has increased.

What Chitundu did not tell journalist he bought breakfast for is that, a day ealiar, Zesco Ltd asked mining companies to cut back on electricity use to help ease a power shortage.

Zesco has asked mining firms to reduce power usage by about 100 MW.

There has been no reply yet from major mining firms.

Foreign miners operating in Zambia include Canada’s First Quantum Minerals, London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc , Glencore International Plc and Barrick Gold. – Reuters

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