22 January 2018
   
Winky D gives voter registration oomph
Cholera: Zim on high alert as 4 killed
ANC confirms Zuma exit discussion
Government orders blood price reduction
- One day’s supply left of key blood group
Kasukuwere begs ED for forgiveness: official
Chinamasa to divert wages to devolution
Dump Mugabe regalia, Zanu PF official
MORE NEWS
Gemmology center in Mutare soon
NRZ loss as gold miners damage rail line
MORE BUSINESS
Unpaid Mr ugly reports sponsors to ZRP
Zim author releases new book in USA
MORE SHOWBIZ
Billiat might still leave: Sundowns coach
Anger as Dembare approach City player
MORE SPORTS
Mnangagwa’s ‘New’ Zim merits support
Zhuwao: kleptocracy and EDiots in Davos
MORE OPINION
 
Mnangagwa off to Davos empty handed
Economy: the need for a paradigm shift
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Power deficit, govt looks to private sector
17/06/2014 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent
 
Appealing for private sector help ... Munacho Mutezo
 
RELATED STORIES
Load-shedding here to stay: Mavhaire
Govt ditches Chinese firm, picks another
Mavhaire dismisses failing boards

THE government has called on private businesses to help augment the country's diminishing power production capacity through exploiting avenues opened by its new power generation policy.

Deputy energy minister, Munacho Mutezo told a Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) meeting in Mutare last weekend that power output from traditional plants stood at a mere 1,500 megawatts against a daily demand of 2,000MW.

"I appeal to you to take advantage of the liberalisation of the Electricity Act to allow independent power producers to come aboard," Mutezo said, adding, "You are guaranteed that your product will have a ready market."

Mutezo said government was anticipating 120MW from small hydro-power projects in Manicaland province alone.

He said government was also looking for partners to supply 100MW solar modulators which would produce 300-400MW in the medium term.

"Solar is a viable option that may take us 18 months to have power production," he said.

The perennial power deficit has been caused by obsolete machinery which Mutezo said have outlived their life spans.

"The country`s national grid needs rehabilitation. Most of our machines have completed their life cycle," said Mutezo.

He said there was need for government to develop power capacity generation by 900 megawatt by 2018.

Mutezo said this could be achieved through use of renewable sources of energy which can supply additional 300 megawatt by 2018.

"In order to increase national power supply, government is focusing on rehabilitation of infrastructure to regain lost capacity utilisation as well as improving liability of the equipment.

"We have restored six units at Hwange to increase production. Zimbabwe Power Company is working on units and auxiliary equipment to increase output to 700 megawatts from 600 megawatts," said Mutezo.

The deputy minister said the maintenance of Munyati, Harare and Bulawayo thermal power stations would generate an additional 90 megawatts.

There are five mini hydro projects underway in the country namely Gaerezi, Ruti, Nyamhingura, Chipendeke and Pungwe which are expected to be completed by 2015.

Mutezo also said government would also be banking on the Chisumbanje Ethanol Project which is expected to supply 18 megawatts once the power line has been commissioned by end of this month.



Advertisement

Zimbabwe's power woes are well documented.

Power supply problems have crippled the manufacturing and agriculture sector while most households endure lengthy periods without electricity.


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker