Zimbabwe, Zambia to share Kariba water for power generation
THE Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has allocated 30 billion cubic metres of water for power generation at Kariba
Dam to be shared equally by the Zimbabwe-based 1 050MW Kariba South power station and Zambia-based 1
08GW Kariba North hydroelectric power station.
This comes after the 24th Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum indicated that the bulk
of the Sadc region was likely to receive normal to abovenormal rainfall for most of the period between October to
December. The January to March 2021 period was projected to record normal to above normal rainfall for the
entire Sadc region.
According to ZRA acting chief executive Edward Kabwe the projections made by the weather experts imply
that the Kariba catchment is set to have a higher probability of receiving normal to above-normal rainfall.
“Following the projected favourable seasonal rainfall outlook for the 2020/21 rainfall season (October 2020
– March 2021) made by weather experts including the local meteorological departments, which could result in
slightly above average inflows into Lake Kariba, the ZRA has allocated 30 BCM of water for power generation at
Kariba Dam to be shared equally between Kariba North Bank Power Station and Kariba South Bank Power Station,” Kabwe said.
“The Authority will continue to monitor the hydrological outlook of the Kariba Catchment and make necessary adjustments in the reservoir operations to ensure continued availability of water for power generation operations at Kariba.”