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    Zesa secures 250MW power imports from Zambia, Mozambique


    August 8, 2022 - The Sunday News

     

      ZIMBABWE will begin receiving 100MW from Zambia's state-owned power utility Zesco early next month under a five-year deal, while a delegation from Mozambique is expected in the country today to finalise negotiations to supply an additional 150 MW to ease ongoing power cuts.

      The delegation from Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), which is providing 50MW to Zesa, will be in the country for a week-long visit.

      The recent local power shortfall was worsened by depressed generation at Hwange and Harare thermal power stations, including the loss of one unit that produces 125MW at Kariba Power Station.

      Zesa has since facilitated the creation of a group of intensive energy users to finance power imports from the region.

      Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) acting managing director Engineer Howard Choga told our Harare Bureau that the power imports were imminent.

      'We signed power import deals with Zambia a long time ago, but we had not been getting electricity from that country because of cash flow challenges.

      'Now, because we have prepaid, we expect this to be settled in the coming weeks and we will start receiving 100MW from Zambia. We have to prepay them a month before we receive the electricity.'

      The power import deal with Zesco has a three to five-year tenure.

      'Currently, we are getting 50MW from Cahora Bassa and 50MW from EDM in Mozambique.

      We had signed a deal for 200MW with EDM, but we were only accessing 50MW. So they are sending a delegation into the country tomorrow (today) and they will be in the country for the whole week so we will discuss how we can access the remaining 150MW.'

      The Zimbabwe Power Company - Zesa's power generation arm - is currently producing 1 201MW at its five power stations against peak winter season demand of 2 200MW.

      Last week, the biggest power generation plant in Zimbabwe, Kariba South, was generating only 758MW against an installed capacity of 1 050MW. Hwange Power Station was generating 411MW against an installed capacity of 920MW.

      The delegation from Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), which is providing 50MW to Zesa, will be in the country for a week-long visit.

      The recent local power shortfall was worsened by depressed generation at Hwange and Harare thermal power stations, including the loss of one unit that produces 125MW at Kariba Power Station.

      Zesa has since facilitated the creation of a group of intensive energy users to finance power imports from the region.

      Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) acting managing director Engineer Howard Choga told our Harare Bureau that the power imports were imminent.

      'We signed power import deals with Zambia a long time ago, but we had not been getting electricity from that country because of cash flow challenges.

      'Now, because we have prepaid, we expect this to be settled in the coming weeks and we will start receiving 100MW from Zambia. We have to prepay them a month before we receive the electricity.'

      The power import deal with Zesco has a three to five-year tenure.

      'Currently, we are getting 50MW from Cahora Bassa and 50MW from EDM in Mozambique.

      We had signed a deal for 200MW with EDM, but we were only accessing 50MW. So they are sending a delegation into the country tomorrow (today) and they will be in the country for the whole week so we will discuss how we can access the remaining 150MW.'

      The Zimbabwe Power Company - Zesa's power generation arm - is currently producing 1 201MW at its five power stations against peak winter season demand of 2 200MW.

      Last week, the biggest power generation plant in Zimbabwe, Kariba South, was generating only 758MW against an installed capacity of 1 050MW. Hwange Power Station was generating 411MW against an installed capacity of 920MW.

      However, completion of Unit 7 in November this year and Unit 8 at Hwange Power Station by March next year will add 600MW to the grid and help ensure reliable and sustainable supplies to meet growing demand.

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