Three independent local power producers have applied for electricity generation licences, Zimbabwe Energy regulatory authority (Zera).
In a statement, Zera the producers, Nyangani Renewable Energy Private Limited, China Africa Sunlight Energy Pvt Ltd and Manako Power Pvt Ltd had applied for electricity generation licences from the Zera in terms of the Electricity Act (chapter 13:19) section 40 as read with Statutory Instrument 103 of 2008 (Electricity Licensing Regulations 2008) part II section 3 and 4.
Nyangani intends to set up a mini-hydro plant at Duru, Manicaland, China Africa a coal-fired power plant at Gwayi Coalfields while Manako will set up a mini-hydro plant at Osborne Dam also in Manicaland.
“Any person desiring to make presentation on these applications as advertised may within 14 days from the last day of publication lodge a written representation within the Zera and any objections or representations received after the 14-day period shall not be considered by the authority,” said Zera.
Early this year government licensed several independent power producers, but these have not begun generating power.
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries is on record urging the government to cancel licences given to prospective power producers who have failed to implement their projects, despite a critical power shortage in the country.