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Zimbabwe has engaged in talks with three regional power utilities seeking 106MW of power supply

In Southern Africa, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, has confirmed that it is engaged in negotiations with multiple regional power utilities for power supply contracts. This is according to ZETDC managing director, Julian Chinembiri.

Zimbabwe needs a power supply worth 106MW

Zimbabwe is seeking an estimated 106MW from South African state-owned power utility Eskom, Mozambique’s Hydro Cahorra Bassa (HCB), and Independent Power Producer Lusengwa of Zambia, The Herald reported.

“HCB officials are coming to Zimbabwe in the first week of December. We are seeking an additional 50 megawatts from them. With Eskom, we are looking at next week (to hear what they say), they have their own problems so they have to consult the board and their local energy regulator,” Chinembiri said in an interview on Tuesday.

The procured power is expected to feed into the grid between December and early next year.

Chinembiri added that considering Eskom is also experiencing power shortages, they are willing to accept any amount that can be spared.

He stressed that Lusengwa had indicated that they could possibly supply 56MW, while HCB is looking at doubling the current supply to 100MW.

The current low water levels at the Kariba dam, has caused a significant drop in Zimbabwe’s hydro power generation.

This has worsened the already strained power supply with the average peak demand sitting at 2,200MW against the current power generation capacity of 900MW.

New power developments

In other southern African power generation news, the Minister of Mining, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila announced that Botswana will award a tender contract for the construction of a 300MW coal-fired power station by Thursday.

According to the Business Day, Mokaila is hopeful that the country’s efforts to expand its current power generation capacity will enable it to be an exporter of electricity by 2018.

The Minister stated that once Morupule A power plant has been fully renovated, power generation will be lifted to an estimated 1,000MW, which he said will be above a national demand of approximately 610MW.