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Zambia's Electricity Shortfall Widens to Half of Peak Demand

  • Importing power from Mozambique, Southern African pool
  • Talks with mines to reduce power use `at advanced stage'

Zambia’s power shortage has intensified to reach half of the southern African country’s maximum demand as falling water levels restrict hydropower generation, according to Christopher Yaluma, the mines, energy and water development minister.

The deficit is forecast to average 985 megawatts in September, he told lawmakers Tuesday in the capital, Lusaka. That compares with the maximum recorded demand of about 1,960 megawatts. Zambia, the continent’s second-biggest copper producer, has total power plant capacity of about 2,300 megawatts, which has been reduced because of drought.