By Chileshe Mwango
Zesco Limited has announced that it is in the process of revising the current eight hours load shedding schedule upwards.
ZESCO says this is despite the last revisions made from 4 to 6hrs and now 8hrs because demand has gone up due to the fact that people are not complying with the schedule and are abusing power once power restored.
ZESCO Limited Director for Strategy and Corporate Services, Patrick Mwila has also disclosed that the power deficit has increased from 240megawatts in April this year to 750megawatts.
Meanwhile, reduced water levels in Lake Kariba have forced power utility, ZESCO limited to operate only two power generating machines at Kariba North Bank out of the six machines.
And Kariba North Bank Station Manager Edward Simbaya has disclosed that ZESCO is only producing up to 290 megawatts of electricity per day instead of the normal 500 megawatts.
Briefing Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa and the parliamentary committee on energy who are in Siavonga district for a familiarization tour of the Kariba North Bank, Engineer Simbaya said reduced electricity production is aimed at ensuring sustaining production beyond this year.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa says government is hopeful that the various efforts being put in place such as the construction of the Kafue gorge lower power station will improve power supply once they materialize.