Johannesburg - Mozambique has further cut electricity supplies to South Africa’s power utility after a fault at the Cahora Bassa hydropower dam, the sub-Saharan region’s biggest.
Eskom Holdings is receiving 900 megawatts of power from the dam out of a possible 1 300 megawatts because of a fault at one of the turbines, the Johannesburg-based company said in reply to e-mailed questions. That’s a drop from the 1 150 megawatts Cahora Bassa had already reduced supplies to because of falling water levels at the dam.
The fault “has resulted in one of the Cahora Bassa generators being out of service,” Eskom said on Tuesday. “It is expected to return in late January. While it does reduce Eskom’s supply capacity, it is not sufficient to materially change our national current supply-demand balance.”