Articles tagged 'energy'

Intratrek signs $128m power deal 7 March 2016 HARARE - Intratrek Zimbabwe (Intratrek) and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) have signed a deal to construct a $128 million hydro plant to help address the country's chronic power shortages. The water-powered Gairezi Hydropower Dam project will generate 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Intratr...
Chinese firm wins photovoltaics contract 16 February 2016 HARARE - Chinese firm Ja Solar has won a contract to supply 100 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic modules to one of the first three large-scale ground-mounted solar power facilities in Zimbabwe. The projects will have a combined installed capacity of 300 MW and the three contractors for these pro...
Bulawayo to boost electricity generation by 60MW 4 February 2016 BULAWAYO - The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has okayed a special request by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)  to extract raw water from Khami Dam to the Bulawayo Power Station to boost electricity generation by 60 megawatts (MW). This followed an application to the local authority by the ZPC ma...
Zesa urged to cut down costs 20 January 2016 HARARE - National power utility, Zesa Holdings (Zesa), has been told to bring its own costs under control before asking business and customers to pay increased tariffs. Industry stakeholders yesterday said the looming 49 percent electricity tariff hike would condemn the country into an economi...
Kariba power plant risks shutdown 18 January 2016 HARARE - Concerns surrounding the structural health of the Kariba Dam have risen following an announcement that the region could be facing a shutdown of its hydroelectric plants, as water levels drop “dangerously” low. Zambian Energy minister Dora Siliya raised the alarm last week when she ann...
Power tariff hike looms 28 December 2015 HARARE - Zimbabweans should brace themselves for a steep electricity tariff hike next year after the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZEDTC) and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) for a review of electricity tariffs f...
Maintain your child: Court tells minister Undenge 11 December 2015 HARARE - High Court judges have thrown out Energy minister Samuel Undenge's appeal, in which he was challenging a Civil Court order for him to pay $350 towards the upkeep of his daughter. Judges Lavender Makoni and Hlekani Mwayera, in a judgment released on Tuesday, said Undenge should continu...
Youths urged to venture into power projects 10 December 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwean youths must venture into renewable energy projects to reduce power shortages and contribute towards economic growth, a senior government official has said. Energy minister Samuel Undenge told delegates attending the official launch of the Green Innovations Hub (GiHUB Projec...
Zesa must take action 10 December 2015 EDITOR — A picture you published in your paper on page 9 of November 18 (pictured) has prompted me to make some few comments on it. It was a picture of a cyclist looking at a gum tree on a residential property in Parktown between Stonebridge Road and Solomon Mazorodze Road. The old tree loo...
Zim's energy sector reforms brighten 4 December 2015 HARARE - A Commitment by Chinese President Xi Jinping to fund some energy deals, among other projects, has been received with optimism by analysts and ordinary Zimbabweans, who have borne the brunt of the country's debilitating power woes. The deals — headlined by a $1,4 billion agreement to u...
Zim concedes failure on power crisis 16 October 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe has conceded failure on addressing the current power crisis and yesterday urged mining companies to import electricity on their own to mitigate the situation. Energy minister Samuel Undenge told delegates at the on-going Mining Indaba that the acute power crisis currently bei...
Zim's 300MW solar tender awarded 13 October 2015 HARARE - One local and about two Chinese companies have been given the tender to produce 300 megawatts (MW) of solar power in Gwanda, Insukamini and Munyati — nearly three years after the original plan was unveiled. The State Procurement Board (SPB) and its accounting officer, the Zimbabwe Pow...
Power cuts: Zim, Zambia ignored warning on Kariba 12 October 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's intensifying power cuts are a result of the country's and its northern neighbour, Zambia's failure to heed early warnings of depleting water capacity in Kariba Dam, a top engineering body has said. Engineering Institution of Zambia president Bernard Chiwala said the Zambezi...
Undenge ducks power questions 2 October 2015 HARARE - Energy minister Samuel Undenge left opposition legislators livid after he dodged their questions on the deepening power crisis. Undenge walked out of Parliament on Wednesday about 10 minutes after the National Assembly sat for the day's business. Soon after Undenge's departure, opp...
Zim must walk the solar route 1 October 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe has struggled with an energy crisis for the past decade despite having unfettered access to some of the world's best solar opportunities. Since 2006, the country has struggled with incessant power outages with serious economic implications. Investors are shying away from Z...
'Blackouts to end in 2017' 1 October 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe hopes to boost its power capacity by the end of 2017 and end a series of rolling blackouts, Energy minister Samuel Undenge said yesterday. This means Zimbabweans will continue experiencing severe load-shedding for “another year or two”, the minister said. This comes as pow...
Power crisis exposes govt 29 September 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's intermittent power cuts — blamed on low water levels and maintenance work at Kariba — sum up the sad state of affairs currently obtaining in the country. And the blame lies with authorities who have allowed the situation to degenerate into a catastrophe as black outs being ...
UK firm plans 600MW Zim thermal plant 22 September 2015 HARARE - London-listed firm Sable Mining Africa Limited (Sable) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China-based construction and services provider Citic Group to develop a 600 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Zimbabwe. Under the agreement, Sable and Citic Construction Company ...
Treat investors fairly, Zim urged 13 September 2015 HARARE - The Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (Baz) has warned government to stop prioritising certain investors at the expense of others. Baz president Sam Malaba said the same treatment awarded to Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote must be extended to all who wish to invest in Zimbabwe. “T...
Terrorising Masiyiwa, embracing Dangote 8 September 2015 LONDON - It has dawned on Zanu PF that its so-called resource nationalism has failed to produce expected results. Zanu PF had anticipated that over time its agrarian revolution would vivify Zimbabwe's moribund economy. However, this has not happened or at least at the scale that it had anticip...
Zim needs more Dangotes 7 September 2015 HARARE - Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote's choice of investing in Zimbabwe became the most trending story of the past week. For a country that is in the throes of a moribund economy teetering on the brink of slipping into a dysfunctional state, it is expected that visits such as the one by...
Dangote deal: Test for Zim investor climate 6 September 2015 HARARE - Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote's plans to invest millions in constructing a cement plant in Zimbabwe will test the country's investor climate which has previously scuttled several promising multi-million dollar deals, analysts have said. Africa's richest man made an inaugural visi...
Zim must open up — Dangote 2 September 2015 HARARE - Billionaire and Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, says Zimbabwe must open up to foreign investment by relaxing its stringent visa conditions and improve on the ease of doing business. Dangote — with a net worth of $17,2 billion according to Forbes Magazine — told Tourism minister W...
Dangote raises Zim hopes but... 2 September 2015 HARARE - Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote's choice of investing in Zimbabwe is a huge statement which should be encouraging to all progressive forces in the country. Dangote is valued at $17,2 billion by the influential Forbes Magazine and has many interests across Africa where his conglomer...
Africa's richest man Dangote moots mega Zim investments 1 September 2015 HARARE - Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has announced plans to invest in Zimbabwe's power and mining sectors, saying he also intends to construct a 1,5 million tonne per annum cement grinding plant in the southern African country. The richest man in Africa told delegates at the State House...