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Government negotiating additional energy imports

By John Nhandara

THE Government is finalising modalities for importing more electricity from its current suppliers in the region to address the current energy deficit in the country.

The government through the power utility the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority(ZESA) is currently negotiating with its regional power suppliers of electricity such as EDM of Mozambique and ZESCO of Zambia while plans are also underway to secure more electricity from the Southern Africa Power Pool.

According to Energy and Power Development Minister Honourable Zhemu Soda, one of the engagements with EDM of Mozambique is now at an advanced stage and will result in Zimbabwe acquiring 150 megawatts from the power utility.

“We will be adding our power imports. Currently, the power utility is engaging with other power utilities where we import our electricity from South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique. We want to fill in the gap that has been caused by a reduction in power generation at Kariba.

“In Mozambique, we have a possibility of getting 150 megawatts and from Zambia, we are already importing 100 megawatts but we will be increasing that capacity,” said Honourable Zhemu.

There are also plans to revamp small thermal power stations such as Munyati Power Station, Harare Station 3, and Bulawayo Station so they operate at full capacity while interventions are also in place to ramp up production at Hwange Power Station.

“We intend to ramp up the production of electricity from small thermal stations. ZPC will ramp up production at small thermals to produce a combined total of 45megawats. We have Munyati, we have Harare station 3, and Bulawayo. We will also be capacitating Independent Power Producers such as ZZE and Central grid so they can generate and feed into the grid,” said the minister.

Zimbabwe has reduced its power generation capacity from 600 megawatts to 300 megawatts at its Kariba South hydro Power Station after the Zimbabwe Power Company ( ZPC)  exhausted its water allocation from the Zambezi River Authority for 2022.

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