Articles tagged 'energy'

I won't resign: Gumbo 14 October 2018 HARARE - Energy minister Joram Gumbo has had a baptism of fire since his recent appointment coincided with the deepening fuel crisis in the country that has sparked calls for his resignation from some quarters. The Daily News on Sunday's Mugove Tafirenyika (Q) recently spoke to Gumbo (A) on th...
Pre-paid electricity meters too expensive 30 June 2018 EDITOR — While the move to have residents purchase their own household electricity pre-paid meters is a noble idea, there still lingers many questions regarding their accessibility. We acknowledge that Zesa Holdings has been hamstrung by residents who are neglecting their bills and therefore c...
Private firms import electricity meters 25 April 2018 HARARE - The first batch of prepaid electricity meters imported by private firms that were recently licensed to sell the gadgets to consumers has arrived in the country, a senior government official has said. This was after the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) in February licensed 1...
Moza, Zim, SA power project on cards 5 April 2018 HARARE - The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is set to inject over $190 million towards the construction of a new power transmission line linking Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa (MoZiSa). The support by DBSA is through the Sadc Project Preparation and Development Facility (PPD...
Zesa disappointing residents 25 February 2018 EDITOR — New dispensation, my foot! Apparently we are being told this is a new era with improved service delivery and improved standard of living when Zesa Holdings cannot attend a minor fault in Chadcombe covering less than 20 houses? I am a resident in the area and we have been in darknes...
Advertorial: Hastening energy access through reforming energy access 23 October 2017 WITH investment of the right amounts and types of finance, modern and sustainable energy access is within reach for poor families in developing countries. The energy access context: electricity and cooking Currently, some 4 million people every year – mainly poor women and children – die as...
Gwanda solar project delay worries govt 14 October 2017 HARARE - Government has expressed exasperation at the slow start of the $200 million Gwanda Solar Project awarded to dodgy businessman Wicknell Chivayo's Intratrek. Deputy Energy minister Tsitsi Muzenda told the Senate that there was no progress even after Intratrek was given an upfront paymen...
Harare moves to turn organic waste into energy 31 August 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is awaiting government approval to launch power plants to convert waste into energy at Pomona landfill and Mbare bio-gas digesters. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme told the Daily News:  “Work at Pomona is at an advanced stage in terms of awarding the contrac...
Fuel trader Sakunda changes name to Trafigura 28 August 2017 HARARE - Sakunda Private Limited — a fully-integrated energy supplier that has grown to be the biggest fuel trader with stocks in excess of 200 million litres — is changing its name to Trafigura Zimbabwe. The Trafigura name comes from the Singaporean multinational commodity trading giant's nom...
Zim Power Company records $25m profit 17 August 2017 HARARE - National power utility Zesa Holdings subsidiary — Zimbabwe Power Company — has become one of the few government entities to record a profit. The State-owned company’s managing director Noah Gwariro said ZPC has recorded a $25,3 million profit after tax for the year ended December 31, ...
'No power tariff hike yet' 12 August 2017 HARARE - Electricity tariff hikes will only be effected once the review of Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC)’s supply capacity is completed, the energy industry regulator said. Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive Gloria Magombo said powe...
Crippling power cuts looming 20 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's power imports for the first quarter of 2017 went up by about 10 percent as local production slumped 23 percent, a development that local energy experts anticipate to result in load shedding if not properly managed. With a local demand of about 1 400 Megawatts (MW), the coun...
Zimbos fear for the worst 24 May 2017 HARARE - There are growing fears among long-suffering Zimbabweans that the country is on the verge of a complete implosion — after it was confirmed earlier this week that the country is failing to pay its external electricity suppliers. This comes as stressed banks have also warned that the bo...
ZPC to ramp up power production 8 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is expected to produce more electricity this year due to improved water levels at Kariba Dam, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has said. This comes as the country endured power cuts almost daily last year due to a devastating drought in 2015 that saw water levels declining by...
Develop reliable energy sources 17 March 2017 EDITOR — The country must develop sustainable renewable energy sources to cushion the economy from the devastating effects of power shortages. It is imperative that our policy makers look into the aspect of energy provision with an inclination towards establishing our own reliable energy sourc...
Major boost for Intratrek power projects 23 February 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government has given prescribed asset status (PAS) on two major energy deals, thus paving the way for the financing and construction of the key power projects with a combined 130 megawatts (MW) output of electricity. This also comes amid rumblings about the s...
Brace for worse blackouts in 2017 16 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's chronic electricity shortages are set to get worse in 2017 as the country's main source of power, Kariba Dam, continues to record low water levels despite the current rains. At the same time, the country also continues to battle to mobilise enough resources to pay for power...
Zesa raises power generation capital 15 December 2016 HARARE - National power utility, Zesa Holdings (Zesa), said it anticipates to have raised its share of the $1,4 billion Hwange Power project by first quarter next year. This was after the parastatal last week got a parliamentary approval for a $1 billion loan facility from the China Export-Imp...
Puma refurbishes Zim fuel ops 4 October 2016 HARARE - Global integrated midstream and downstream energy company, Puma Energy, which recently acquired a 60 percent equity stake in Redan Petroleum and Sakunda, has set aside $139 million in organic capital expenditure across the world. In Zimbabwe, Puma has a strong presence with 94 fuel se...
Zesa loses $14m to vandalism 20 May 2016 VICTORIA FALLS - Zesa Holdings (Zesa) has said it has lost equipment and infrastructure worth $14,1 million between 2011 and 2015 to vandalism. The national power utility said yesterday despite increased acts of vandalism, it was still taking action to improve its infrastructure. “In mitiga...
Zuma: SA will never have load shedding again 6 May 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Load shedding is now a thing of the past according to President Jacob Zuma, who was addressing staff at Eskom's Megawatt Park in Johannesburg on Friday. Zuma was flanked by a large contingent of bodyguards and tactical police during a visit to the power utility's head office. He...
Zim pins hope on Batoka power project 1 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is pinning its hopes to reduce the incessant load-shedding on the construction of the 2 400 megawatts (MW) Batoka project. The country, currently producing an average of 1 200MW against a daily demand of 2 200MW resulting in acute load shedding to fill the 1 000MW gap, is exp...
Parly summons power firms over tenders 26 April 2016 HARARE - Parliament has invited five power companies to clarify issues surrounding the awarding of tenders and aggregation on the sale of electricity pre-paid meters. Among the companies summoned by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Energy to give oral evidence are Pito Private Limited,...
Solar tenders above board: Undenge 25 April 2016 HARARE - Energy minister Samuel Undenge has virtually leapt to businessman Wicknell Chivayo's defence and affirmed that Intratrek Zimbabwe (Intratrek)'s Gwanda project, among other energy deals, was above board and steaming ahead. This comes amid serious calls for a review of the flamboyant bu...
Majority of Zimbabweans have no electricity: Report 16 March 2016 HARARE - More than a century after the invention of the light bulb, the majority of Zimbabweans are still living in the dark, a survey has revealed. According to the survey released on Monday by Afrobarometer, 62 percent of Zimbabwe's population live in zones served by an electric grid however...