Cyclone Idai electricity faults

By Staff Writer | 19 Mar 2019 at 08:19hrs
The Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC) advises that due to the current heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Idai, there has been a significant increase in areas affected and the number of faults on the network. As a result, electricity supplies are taking longer to restore than is normally the case.

Customers will experience delays in fault attendance as teams are attending to a large number of faults countrywide. Customers should report all faults to ZETDC for resolution and should not attempt to fix faults on their own as this will lead to electrocution.

Tropical cyclone Idai in Mozambique plunged South Africa into phase 4 load shedding.

South Africa is so dependent on electricity imports from neighbouring states that a loss of 1 100 megawatts from Mozambique forced Eskom to implement phase 4 load shedding. That means there was a shortage of 4 000MW of generating power.

The power utility said the two lines that supply power from Cahora Bassa in Mozambique had gone offline as a result of the tropical cyclone.

Cahora Bassa exports 1,200 megawatts of electricity into South Africa's power grid.

Eskom's acting head of generation Andrew Etzinger said: "Our engineers are at this stage unable to get access to the site in Cahora Bassa to determine exactly the extent of the damage to lines which we understand have been affected by the cyclone in Mozambique."



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