Zimbabwe Starts Further Power Cuts Due to Eskom Outages

COMMODITIES News Wire Company News Investing 1h ago Zimbabwe Starts Further Power Cuts Due to Eskom Outages Ray Ndlovu, Bloomberg News Electrical power lines hang from transmission pylons in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Eskom, South Africa’s biggest polluter, said emissions of particulate matter that cause chronic respiratory disease are at their highest level in two decades as the state power utility’s financial meltdown has seen it skip maintenance and has triggered strikes. Electrical power lines hang from transmission pylons in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Eskom, South Africa’s biggest polluter, said emissions of particulate matter that cause chronic respiratory disease are at their highest level in two decades as the state power utility’s financial meltdown has seen it skip maintenance and has triggered strikes. , Bloomberg

HARARE (Bloomberg) — The power blackouts announced by South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. will exacerbate power shortages in neighboring Zimbabwe.

Eskom’s cuts will affect imports that Zimbabwe receives from Africa’s largest power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Co. said on Twitter Wednesday. The southern African nation has a non-binding agreement to import up to 400 megawatts from Eskom, while an additional 100 megawatts is imported from Mozambique.

The availability of power from utilities with which Zimbabwe has power-purchase agreements has an impact on the performance of the national grid, especially at a time when the country is experiencing a deficit, Zesa Holdings spokesman Fullard Gwasira said by text message. “The corresponding decline in imports will be reflected in increased load shedding,” he said, using the local term for rolling blackouts.

Blackouts in Zimbabwe already last as much as 18 hours a day and the country spends $23 million monthly on electricity imports, according to the energy regulator.