Zambia may cut power by 600MW

[] – POOR rainfall may force Zambia to cut power generation by a quarter, said Bloomberg News which added that the southern African country relies on hydro-electric power for up to 90% of its generation needs.

Mines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister Charles Zulu told the newswire that up to 600MW of a total of 2,200MW could be reduced – a move that he said would affect mining companies although the quantum had not been decided.

Reservoir levels fell to about half capacity at the Kariba dam by April 26, according to the Zambezi River Authority’s website. Glencore and First Quantum Minerals are among mine operators that use more than half the southern African nation’s power.

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