Energy sector opened up

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe will soon open up the energy sector to private players as the government prepares to deal with an unprecedented power crisis that is expected to worsen next year.
The principal director in the Ministry of Energy, Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa, said the government was movin


g to deregulate the energy sector to deal with looming power shortages.
He said the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission had already granted electricity generation licences to Hippo Valley Limited in Chiredzi and Rusitu Power Company in Chipinge.
Meanwhile, three of Zimbabwe’s thermal power stations stopped generating electricity about three weeks ago due to a shortage of coal supplies, according to a senior official at the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) power firm.
The general manager for Western Region, Simbiso Chimbira, said the recent power shortage in the country was due to lack of activity at three of the country’s thermal power stations after running out of coal.
Chimbira was addressing a consultative meeting called by business leaders to look into the power crisis.
“The thermal power stations are not running at the present moment. The massive coal shortages at thermal stations are so much that we now face an additional deficit of 450 megawatts from the deficit we been facing all along,” Chimbira said.
Zimbabwe’s sole coal mining firm, Hwange Colliery Company, has been battling to meet local demand over the years due to lack of foreign currency to buy spares and replace ageing equipment. – ZimOnline

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