In Southern Africa, independent power producer Nyangani Renewable Energy (NRE) has started the construction on its $7 million (ZAR86 million) mini hydropower plant in Chiteme River in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.
The Financial Gazette Harare reported on Wednesday that the 2.72MW hydropower plant is expected to reach completion by January 2016.
The license to construct, own, operate and maintain the Pungwe C Hydropower Plant was issued to NRE by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) earlier this year.
Managing director Ian Mckersie said that the new generation mini hydropower plant will add to the existing three hydropower plants namely, Duru, Nyamhingura and Pungwe in the same Province.
Mckersie said: “We have now started constructing the new mini hydropower station known as Pungwe C and we hope to commission it by January 2016.”
Independent Power Producers (IPPs)
According to ZERA there are around 18 licensed IPPs, seven are already in operation and are generating an estimated 103MW for own use and exportation to the national grid, the Financial Gazette Harare said.
The remaining 11 are still at various stages of development and are expected to all be in operation within the next three years with a combined generation capacity of 5,365MW.
The country’s energy demand is around 2,200MW however the utility is currently producing 1,200MW with the balance being supplied through imports.
The Gazette added that “energy experts contend that the Southern African region requires massive investments in power sector and more IPPs to ease electricity challenges currently bedevilling the region’s economic progression.”