Story by Cordelia Ngara
GOVERNMENT has lined up several investments in the energy sector to further boost the country’s energy generation capacity.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Engineer Gloria Magombo confirmed this during a ZBC Current Affairs programme; Face the Nation this Tuesday.
She said, “Through the African Development Bank, The Minstry of Finance and ourselves, we have come up with some mechanisms which have been developed.
“In December last year, there was actually an announcement that we will now give the government implementation support for projects so that will also come with an undertaking from the Reserve Bank with regards to foreign currency for those who would want to pay back and we’ve seen a lot of investors we have been meeting who are now willing to invest.”
Engineer Magombo also noted improvements in the country’s power generation capacity after the synchronisation of Hwange Unit 7 last month.
“We have managed to synchronise and we’re now doing live commissioning of the plant and we expect that by end of next month, the 300 megawatts will be available for commercial use,” she emphasised.
“Currently we are having power which is coming from Hwange power station over 400 megawatts. I would like to urge the public that if you had not had power for 24 hrs it is important to call your service provider which is ZESA and they will tell you if it’s load shedding or there is a fault,” she added.
The synchronisation of the Hwange Unit 7 project, which is underway, will see further improvements in the country’s power output capacity and ease of load shedding currently being experienced.