Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi announced negotiation deal with Mozambique for electricity generation.
Zimbabwe is negotiating a deal with Mozambique for electricity generation in the country. The 400 MW deal will enable the country prevent more power shortage which they are facing at the moment. This was according to Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi during a statement.
Minister Chasi said “We are actually in the process of engaging Hydro Cahora Bassa of Mozambique for more power imports. Mozambique has been providing us with 50MW for quite some time and we hope that their capacity will be improving during the course of this month.”
The deal represent a great relief to resident after also securing a 400MW from South African power utility Eskom a fortnight ago. This has further reduce the severe load-shedding among business and customers.
According to Minister Chasi, “After we meet the authorities there, we will be able to ascertain the levels of power that we will be able to get. He said I am very confident that we will get a significant amount of power.”
ENERGY UPDATE: Good morning MAZIMBA.
Following the return to service of Unit 5 at Hwange adding 160 MW to the grid last night, we expect to see improvement in power supply. Unit 6 to be opened up 4 inspection 1st wk of Sept for fault diagnostics.
— Fortune Chasi (@fortunechasi) August 25, 2019
Meanwhile, increase in load-shedding for domestic users in the past few days was occasioned by challenges faced with some generation units at Hwange Thermal Power Station according to Chasi. That the Unit 5 at Hwange Power Station returned to service on Saturday night.
BENEFIT OF THE DEAL
The deal will enable Government ensure uninterrupted power supplies, particularly to the manufacturing, mining and agriculture sectors. It will also make farmers have stable electricity supplies at this point to irrigate their winter wheat crop.
The Government has also approved a tariff increase, which now sees non-exporting businesses paying an average of 45c/kWh (approximately USc5/kWh) from 9,86c/kWh. Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZERA) will be incharge of implementing this process.