ZESCO blames near countrywide power black out to system failure

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ZESCO-1State power utility ZESCO says the power blackout that engulfed Zambia last night was caused by a system failure at Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank Power Stations.

The power blackout occurred around 19:40 Hours with only two of the country’s ten provinces having power.

ZESCO National Spokesperson Henry Kapata confirmed that the system failure occurred at 19:30 and disturbed equipment at Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank Power Station.

Mr Kapata revealed that only Western and Southern Provinces had power supply as they are serviced by the Victoria Falls Power Stations.

‘We lost supply to Luapula, Northern, Central, and Copperbelt and off course Lusaka, all generators at Kariba and Kafue went off as a result of the disturbance. Investigations are going on to determine the cause of this multiple lost of system equipment and load,’ r Kapata said.

Mr Kapata added that restoration of supply to affected areas such as Kafue, Lusaka, Chongwe, Kabwe and some parts of Kitwe started at about 01:20 Hours while restoration to the rest of the areas is currently going on