Cabinet to approve Bots power deal

power_stationBULAWAYO - Cabinet is expected to approve a deal with Botswana to refurbish the Bulawayo Power Station deal next month, Energy and Power Development Minister Elias Mudzuri said.
(Pictured: The cooling towers of Bulawayo Power Station in the distance)

According to Mudzuri, his ministry had finished negotiating with Botswana and was now awaiting Cabinet’s approval before the project could start.

“We have done our part as the ministry and now we are waiting for cabinet approval. The deal will go a long way in trying to alleviate the power shortages that we are facing and we will make sure that the people of Bulawayo are the first beneficiaries,” he said.

The cabinet was expected to approve the deal in November last year but no decision was made.

Mudzuri and his Botswana counterpart signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would see the government of Botswana refurbishing the Bulawayo Power Station. Part of the deal was that Botswana would get half of the electricity produced.

The two countries also agreed to identify energy projects to be developed.

Such projects include the extension of the Beira-Harare fuel pipeline to Botswana and developing renewable energy.

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