Harare, Zimbabwe — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 15 December 2011 – Three more companies have applied for power-generation licences from the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), in order to establish power stations with a combined capacity of 125 megawatts (MW).
The firms are Nyangani Renewable Energy (Private) Limited, Manako Power (Private) Limited and China Africa Sunlight Energy (Private) Limited.
China Africa Sunlight will have the biggest electricity output at 120MW while Manako and Nyangani will produce 2.5MW and 3.8MW respectively.
Manako and Nyangani’s power projects in Manicaland will be mini-hydro power generation plants while China Africa Sunlight’s will be a coal-fired plant.
“Any person desiring to make representations on these applications as advertised may within 14 days from the last day of publication lodge written representation with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority,” said Zera.
Zera is the new legal entity regulating the petroleum, electricity and all other forms of energy sectors, bringing uniformity of regulation to the industry. The new regulatory authority succeeded the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission, which ceased operations in September this year.
More than 13 independent power producers have been given licences in Zimbabwe, but none has yet started building a station despite a nationwide power crisis.
Zimbabwe requires 2 200MW, but is only able to generate 1 200MW, and power utility Zesa has had to resort to cutting supplies to balance with demand. The country has to augment locally produced electricity with imports from Hydro-Cahora Bassa of Mozambique, Zesco of Zambia and Snel of the DRC.