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THE Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings has reportedly turned down a request by a local mining company to repair the power utility’s equipment that supply power to the mine.

Canadian junior miner, Caledonia Mining, which owns 49 percent of Blanket Mine in Gwanda, announced that ZESA’s subsidiary, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Corporation (ZEDTC) was failing to service a faulty transformer, affecting capital projects meant to increase production at the mine.

Blanket had offered to repair the equipment but ZEDTC spurned the offer.

ldquoInstallation of the new Centac compressor has been stalled by the inability of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Corporation (ZETDC), the state-owned electricity distribution company, to service their faulty transformer and equipment. Blanket has repeatedly offered to undertake this service and maintenance itself, but ZETDC is unwilling to accept this offer,rdquo the company stated.

Thus, Caledonia said, unstable mains power supply, had affected output during the first quarter of the year.

The company said for the quarter ended 31 March 2014, gold production went down 2, 2 percent to 10 241 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

ldquoold production in Q1 2014 was aersely affected by lower head grade and lower tonnage throughput,rdquo said the company.

Cash-strapped ZESA has battled to meet the country’s energy needs.

The mining sector is among the industries affected.

Source : CAJ News Agency