According to local media the Herald, last week the Dema Emergency Power Plant was declared to have started feeding 100MW to the national grid, boosting the country’s energy supply capacity.
The power plant falls under a number of projects being implemented on a short-term basis by government to curb power shortages as well as being key to driving the government’s economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.
Dema Emergency Power Plant
[quote]The 200MW diesel plant situated in Dema, reported to be spearheaded by Sakunda Holdings, is expected to generate a further 100MW within the coming weeks.
Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira commented: “I confirm that the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company has started receiving electricity from [the] Dema [power plant].”
“We started receiving the supplies last week and commissioning is in progress. During this commissioning stage we are getting up to 100MW.”
The short-term initiative was introduced in 2015 following continued power outages, which lasted up to 18 hours as a result of declining water levels at Kariba Dam.
Zesa to purchase generated power
With regards to the Dema project, Zesa will pay $83 million, roughly $7 million monthly, for the 536GWh/year to be supplied.
Gwasira told the media that the project will be in place while big expansion projects like Kariba South hydropower with a capacity of 300MW and the 600MW Hwange Power Station take effect.
“Dema is one of the many interventions taken by government to ensure there is security of electricity supply,” he noted.
Gwasira continued: “It is our view and target that with these measures load shedding will be a thing of the past. This is being done while we wait for our long-term projects to come to fruition.”
The Dema project will be complemented by another 120MW to come from the Mutare Peaking Power Plant.
Other planned emergency power projects being carried out by government include repowering of the Bulawayo Thermal Station where Zimbabwe has already secured a line of credit valued at $87 million from the government of India.