Last month, Zesco Limited increased power rationing hours from four to as much as eight hours per day in response to subdued generation capacity at its major hydro power plant.
The company however said the increased rationing hours would last until November 12 as it was anticipating 270 megawatts from the coal-powered plant, Maamba, situated in the southern part of the country.
Bessie Banda, the company’s spokesperson, said that power generation from the thermal plant commenced as planned on November 12 after completion of works to upgrade a transmission line to connect to the national power grid.
However, on November 15, the two generators at Maamba tripped out of service due to technical challenges. At the time of this incidence, Zesco was importing approximately 200 megawatts from Maamba into the grid. The two machines are still out and therefore Zesco is currently not receiving power from Maamba, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the power utility will continue with the current prolonged electricity rationing until the coal-powered plant was re-synchronized to the national grid “within the next few days”. Enditem