Kariba Dam water rises


ZAMBEZI River Authority (ZRA) says the water levels at the lake Kariba have risen by 12 percent.

Energy Permanent Secretary Brigadier General Emelda Chola, who is also Zambezi River Authority senior board member said two weeks ago the water rose about 12 percent.

“The last data we got from ZRA about two weeks ago the rise was about 12 percent. I however need to confirm with ZRA on the latest level,” Gen Chola said.

Ms Chola also announced that the new cargo of crude oil was expected to arrive on March 2, 2016.

“The new cargo is expected on 2nd March as per forecast. It is on schedule as you may remember I had said it will arrive first week of March,” she said.

Last week, Energy Minister Dora Siliya told Parliament that Indeni Oil Refinery is currently shut and not receiving crude oil because of contaminated crude oil which was supplied by Gunvor Oil Group.

Ms Siliya informed the nation through Parliament that Indeni should start receiving crude oil from a new contractor by end of this month. Ms Siliya said government was left with no option but shut Indeni because if the countermined oil was supplied the damage would have been more costly.

“Indeni at the moment is not receiving any fuel because we stopped a cargo which was contaminated from being supplied through the TAZAMA pipeline. If we allowed the fuel to be supplied we were going to have a problem which would take 6 to 7 months to control,” Ms Siliya said.

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