Zambia will apply a new electrical power load regime that will see the electricity supply for domestic consumers decrease from December 15, the country’s Ministry of Energy announced on Friday.

The ministry said that the decision was taken due to a drop in water levels in Lake Kariba, Zambia’s main hydropower resource.

More than 75% of Zambia’s power generation comes from hydro-power produced mainly in Lake Kariba, the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir. The lake is located along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Kariba’s water level has dropped to 4.1% of usable storage for the country’s Kariba North Bank Power Station, as well as for neighboring Zimbabwe’s Kariba South Bank Power Station, as a result of the reduced water inflow from the Zambezi River and its tributaries.

The low water level situation in lake Kariba threatens the power generation from both the Kariba North Bank Hydropower station and Kariba South Bank Hydropower station.

Zambian Energy Minister Peter Kapala, is arguing that unless the power demand be reduced, the remaining water would not be sufficient for power generation by December 15, 2022.

The ministry was advised by the Zambezi River Authority, a jointly owned corporation by Zambia and Zimbabwe operating the Kariba Dam, to cut hydro-power generation from 1080 MW to 800 MW for Zambia, and from 1050 MW to 300 MW for its neighbor.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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