Sugar producer, Triangle Limited, has applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) for an independent electricity distribution licence covering its operations.
BY TARISAI MANDIZHA
In a recent notice, Zera said it had received an application for an “independent distribution licence from Triangle that authorise the company to operate and maintain an independent distribution network covering the operations of Triangle”.
Zera gave 14 days to any person desiring to make representation on Triangle for a generation licence and attendant transmission infrastructure.
Triangle is a unit of South Africa’s Tongaat Hulett.
Apart from Triangle, Zera has also received an application for an electricity generation licence from Harava Solar Park Private Limited. The company wants to construct, own, operate and maintain a 20MW solar Photovoltaic electricity generation station in Dema.
According to Zera the project will also include the construction of a 10 kilometre transmission line from the proposed solar plant to existing Dema 330/132 KV substation, construction of associated line bays installed of a 5MVar STATCOM at Harava Power plant substation and installation of the related ancillary equipment.
Zera said it has also received an application from Afrika Oracle Solar Generation Company Limited that will authorise the company to construct, own, operate and maintain a 25 MW solar photovoltaic electricity generation station on Antelope Estate, Chikomba District.
Zera said the project would also include the construction of a 33KV transmission line from the solar plant Mvuma 33KV substation and installation of the related ancillary equipment.
Currently, the country is generating about 1 000MW on average against a national demand at peak periods of about 1 600MW.
To cover for the shortages, the power utility has been importing about 450MW from Eskom of South Africa and from Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa.
Zera has licensed a number of independent power producers to augment the current generation capacity by Zesa Holdings.