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Zimbabwe: Honde Hydro Power Consolidated seeks to build 2.3MW project

In Zimbabwe, Honde Hydro Power Consolidated (HHPC) seeks to raise $5 million through issuance of a secured corporate debenture with tenure of five years to fund a 2.3MW hydro power project.

HHPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based PGI Group, which generates electricity from hydroelectric power schemes and despatched into the national grids of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

Local media reported that the company’s bond has since been granted Prescribed Asset Status by Zimbabwe’s ministry of finance and economic development. The funds raised are said will be used to develop the Hauna hydro power station.

HHPC operates five hydro power stations

According to the media, HHPC is involved in the development and management of hydro power stations in Honde Valley, Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and thus far has successfully established five 74.296MW mini hydro plants located on rivers in the Nyangani massif.

The energy generated is then sold to Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) as the sole buyer of all electricity produced based on an arrangement between the two firms.

The media reported that, in its documents, HHPC stated that it has a project specific power purchase agreement with ZETDC, which governs the terms of the trade in power.

A meter that measures the output is located at each power station with the kW/h tariff converted into a US dollar payment, which is set out in each PPA and complies with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulator Authority regulations on the tariff methodology.

In return, ZETDC is obliged to pay for the electricity within 20 business days of the month end for all power stations. As such, HHPC stated that PPAs work well, adding that ZETDC is a reliable counterparty.

The schemes that are operational and dispatching electricity into the national grid consist of 1.1MW Nyamingura Scheme on Nyamingura River, which was commissioned in 2010; 2.2MW Duru scheme on the Duru River commissioned in March 2013; 2.7MW Pungwe A scheme on the Nyamombe River commissioned in January 2013; 15MW Pungwe B scheme on the Pungwe River commissioned in March 2015; and 3.8MW Pungwe C scheme on the Chiteme River commissioned in March 2016.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.