SIX provinces suffer major power outage including the Copperbelt

Zesco Power lines
Zesco Power lines

SIX provinces yesterday suffered a major power outage which lasted over 25 minutes following a fault on a 33 kilovolt system in Kabwe.
Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said in an interview yesterday that the blackout was experienced on the Copperbelt, Muchinga, Luapula, North-Western, Northern and Eastern provinces.

Mr Kapata said, however, that Zesco has not completely restored power to some parts of the Copperbelt and is doing so gradually to regulate the voltage due to mining activities.
“We had a massive power cut in six provinces today (yesterday) and we strongly suspect the 33KV Kabwe system to have been the cause,” Mr Kapata said.
He said the problem has been resolved and power has been restored to the affected regions.
Mr Kapata said power was cut around 10:51 hours and was restored around 11:15 hours.

He said Zesco is trying to regulate power transmitted to the Copperbelt by restoring it gradually to avoid damaging equipment.
“We have big customers on the Copperbelt like the mines who have expensive equipment which we do not want to damage,” he said.
Mr Kapata said Zesco will continue to investigate the matter and apologised to customers affected by the power outage.
“We do carry out routine maintenance works on our equipment but these are machines and they can fail us any time,” Mr Kapata said.


Zambia Daily Mail