Zim to import electricity from Zambia

POWER utility Zesa Holdings (Zesa) is set to import electricity from Zambian company, Nusenfwa from August to address power shortages in the country.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

Speaking during a tour of the Kariba Hydropower Station on Friday, Zesa spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira said Nusenfwa was a private public partnership arrangement and Zimbabwe was targeting to import up to 100MW from Zambia this year.

“Zimbabwe will import an initial 56MW from Nusenfwa from Zambia as of August 1, but will add 20MW until it ramps up to 100MW, as some of the mitigation measures to ensure availability of electricity in the country,” he said.

Fullard-Gwasira Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira

Gwasira said presently the government was spending $6,5 million monthly on power imports from South Africa’s power utility Eskom.

Zimbabwe is importing 300MW of electricity from South Africa’s power utility Eskom and another 40MW from Mozambique. The country generates about 1 300MW against a demand of 2 200MW.

Presently the Kariba power station is generating 285MW instead of 750MW due to low water levels. Zesa also generates power at Hwange, Kariba and three smaller thermal stations in Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo

Gwasira, however, said the power imports were meant to augment electricity production in the country and some of the measures to increase power generation include the Kariba South Power Station project, which is now 40% complete, Hwange Power Station, Dema emergency diesel power plant and the solar geysers, electricity tariff increase among others.

“Kariba South Power Station is 40% complete, we are very happy with the progress and we are sure we will meet the 2018 target for completion in line with Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset).

“Plans are at an advanced stage to introduce solar geysers, so they are a wide variety of measures for both the supply and the domestic side,” he said.

Zimbabwe has various projects that could generate an additional 3 540MW by 2018.

According to reports, these Zimbabwe Power Company projects are Gairezi Hydro Power Project to produce 30MW, solar projects to produce 300MW, Mutare peaking power plant to produce 120MW, coal-bed methane gas to produce 300MW, Kariba South 7 and 8 extension to produce 300MW, Hwange 7 and 8 Expansion to produce 600MW and together with other works on existing plants which will total 1 890MW.

17 Responses to Zim to import electricity from Zambia

  1. Temba February 22, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    This is strange indeed! We hear mines and businesses are closing due to power shortages in Zambia. Domestic consumers in Zambia are enduring days of load shedding and now we are being told Zambia has surplus power to sell to Zimbabwe. What is the factual position on this matter?

    • munjanja max February 22, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      From a quasi private company.

  2. Chivambu HWESA February 22, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    with this $6.5million being pumped out every month,can this not be enough to complete our own projects in Zim?This is strange i tell you.Look the total sum we are spending per year?someone is siphoning from this.

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  4. Lies February 22, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Zambia exporting power to Zimbabwe? This is not April fools day. Zambia has far worse power problems than Zimbabwe. They cant afford to export even one mega watt

  5. Makandi February 22, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Dr. I want to bring to the attention of the President, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Dr. Grace Mugabe, Saviour Kasukuwere and Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri to thoroughly investigate CST Hove stationed at Makamba in Hwedza. i was totally shocked by his utterances when he was on the road block. its unfortunate that i didn’t have a recording phone. He denigrated the President’s celebration to be held in Masvingo saying it was better to give him the money than sponsoring that event. i am not a politician but i was deeply touched by his speeches which was totally misguided. i tried to check his number which appeared like 070 624C. This constable has a very bad influence which should not be swallowed at all by any Zimbabwean even a neutral person. Was he properly vetted when he was included in the police force. i wonder. The place is Goto Rusape. Please, Please, Please, this man must be investigated well.

    • Qawe laMaqawe February 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Your head need to be investigated not the police officer who is telling the truth, he has not yet received his bonus for last year yet you want to celebrate a birthday for a centenarian who got his bonuses plus an all paid holiday for him and his clan. I am telling you again if you, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Dr Grace Mugabe, Saviour Kasukuwere and Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri did not get that constable clearly: THE PRESIDENT IS TOO OLD TO WASTE OUR RESOURCES ON SOME BASH IN MASVINGO, RATHER GIVE THAT MONEY TO POLICE OFFICERS THAT ARE STILL TO RECEIVE THEIR BONUSES.

  6. Contient of Shoddy Doctorates February 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    Everyone should know Doctorates can be bought off the streets

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  8. Wawa February 23, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    This can’t be correct.

  9. WeDenga February 23, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    It is you bootlicker Makandi who does not deserve to live.You are heavily brain washed (sic).

  10. CDE HASHA February 23, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    MUKANDI, I think you have something personal against the police officer you mentioned. You want to use politics to fix him but I regret your machinations have proved futile. You are so empty, useless, brainless and without morals. Very stupid and foulmouthed to the extend of exhaling dangerous odours that are strange and make people suffocate. Mukandi, wherever you are, I would be happy to hear that you have been taken to a n’anga because psychiatrists cant chase away the evil demons in you. Leave ZANU Pf alone you bogus patriotic pretender. You want people to” fear” ZANU pf as a way of settling your own personal vendators. You are so stupid and idiotic. You do not belong to this planet. In Nigeria they call people like you ” Idiotic MUMU”

  11. LINDA RUZVIDZO February 23, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Mukandi , poor mukaaaaaaaaandi. Dont be too personal. You were stopped pa roadblock obviously for an offence and want to fix Cst Hove. Poor Mukaaaaaandi.

  12. Nhema Chena February 23, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    who else was at the roadblock nhai a mukandi? and what did they sei. Tell us exactly, how did the story start? Did va Hove just start denigrating the president? Chii chaa chaitika? Nyaya yenyu inodakadza iyi. Imwi makara,mba kakati ziii? Ko amweni awo paroad block?

  13. Bhonzo February 24, 2016 at 1:15 am #

    Strange indeed!!! when Zambia itself is importing from Mozambique http://zitamar.com/mozambique-zambia-powership-nacala/

  14. Zambian February 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    This is logical as we have a severe power deficit and are importing power from Mozambique. We even have a Turkish ship docked in Mozambique generating power.

  15. betters March 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Lusenfwa is a private company I am sure they are selling power to the highest bidder if ZESCO (zambia ) is not paying them well then well look for someone who has the money

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