Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has disclosed that out of 60 independent power producers which were authorized to generate power in Zimbabwe, only 15 are now functional. Speaking to the Sunday Mail, ZERA acting chief executive officer Engineer Eddington Mazambani said the electricity projects were at different stages of implementation.
“Four of the 15 are at the first stage of operation, which is the pre-assessment stage and they have a combined capacity of 2427,6 MW. Of the 60, 21 are at stage 1b, which is feasibility and technical studies stage. These are said to have a combined capacity of 1371 Mega Watts while 7, with a total capacity of 2 430, are at the second stage, which is feasibility.
At this point in time, Zimbabwe is facing an sharp shortage of power. The local power utility attributes this shortage to decreased power production at Kariba as a result of a drop-off of water levels.
Compounding the predicament is the stark reality that power imports have decreased as a result of Zimbabwe’s failure to service its financial obligation with regional suppliers, Eskom of South Africa and Hydro-Cahora Bassa power utility of Mozambique. Meanwhile, a delegation will be visiting Eskom to strike a payment plan and strike an assurance for continued power supplies.
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