Makomo Resources To Construct A Mw Thermal Power Station In Zimbabwe
Makomo Resources To Construct A Mw Thermal Power Station In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s main power plant could stop power generation in 14 weeks if water levels in Kariba Dam continue to decline at the current rate, energy minister Fortune Chasi said Thursday.

The situation would further worsen power shortages in the country that has already begun implementing power cuts.

Chasi told a parliamentary portfolio committee on energy that the fast deterioration of water levels in Kariba Dam, which is linked to global warming, had serious ramifications on the country’s future power supplies.

He said the country was currently generating 1,100 megawatts of electricity against demand of 1,500 MW, which could go up to 1,700 MW at peak.

“There is no guarantee that there will be water, what we are seeing is a southward movement in water levels at Kariba. If the trend goes like that, maybe after 14 weeks Kariba will not generate any megawatts,” Chasi said. “So we need to plan so that we are not entirely dependent on water for power generation.”

Kariba Hydro Power Station has a capacity of 1,050 MW but has been producing at around 350 MW due to low water levels in the dam.

Power generation at the 950 MW Hwange Thermal Power Station has been severely curtailed due to old age. However, the power plant is undergoing another expansion work which will add 600 MW, with the first 300MW unit expected to come on stream by December 2021 and the second one in the first quarter of 2022.

The minister said Zimbabwe owed power utilities of South Africa and Mozambique a total of 70 million U.S. dollars while the Zimbabwe power utility, ZESA, was owed 1.2 billion dollars by consumers.

The 1.2 billion dollars needed to be paid in order to capacitate the utility to import more power, the minister said.

He said the nation required 96 million U.S. dollars for power imports for the next six months, and that the Zimbabwean government had since written to South Africa for more power imports once it starts servicing its debt.

The minister said the nation needs to save power while also expanding investment in new energy projects, including renewable energy projects.

The minister was expected to launch the country’s renewable energy policy soon. Enditem


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