Govt promises improved power supplies

BULAWAYO - Government says it is committed to ending power cuts that have bedevilled the country for the past decade in a bid to ease the current economic challenges.

Several Zimbabwean companies have in the past complained of unscheduled power cuts which they said dealt a major blow to their operations.

In a key note address at the International Business Conference at the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo yesterday, Vice President Joice Mujuru said government was already tackling the power deficit.

“The government is aware of the energy deficit afflicting the economy,” Mujuru said in a speech read on her behalf by the senior minister of State Simon Khaya Moyo.

“As a short term measure, government is committing financial resources towards the rehabilitation and maintenance of existing power infrastructure to achieve optimal performance.”

The vice president said the ongoing government effort has witnessed the country’s power stations increasing output to averages of 600 megawatts (MW) for Hwange, 750MW for Kariba and 100 MW for the smaller thermal stations.

In a bid to minimise power losses and enhance security of supply, Mujuru said, “the rehabilitation of the grid is also in progress with major equipment such as transformers and switch-gear being renewed or replaced.”

This comes at a time when the government through the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority (Zera) licensed a number of independent power producers (IPPs) as a way of boosting the nation’s generation capacity. Some of these IPPs have already started feeding power to the national grid.

Mujuru said the approval from post-paid to prepaid meters was one major step in improving cash flows and the financial standing of the power utility.

“Looking into the future, a tender was awarded to carry out the Kariba South Power Station expansion and a $319,5 million loan agreement was signed with China Exim bank,” she told hundreds of delegates.

She said the project, which would see an increase in the power station output by 300 megawatts, is set to be commissioned in 2017.

The business conference which was one of the major highlights at the ongoing ZITF ran under the theme “Technology and Innovation: A key Pillar for ZimAsset Successful Implementation.”


Comments (1)

Talk is cheap Mai Mujuru. You are telling us that you would do what you failed to do for the past 34 years? Surely, you don't think that you can fool all of us all the time. You are not going to do much about electrical power supply and you are just wasting your time because nobody (with any brains) listens to you anymore.

Mwiro - 24 April 2014

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