Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) and Mozambique’s Hydro Cabora Basa (HCB) are negotiating a deal that might help eradicate Zimbabwe and Zambia’s electricity problems.
The deal is on condition that the ZRA limits water inflows into Mozambique. The lake from which HCB draws water for power generation is full owing to Cyclone Idai and further inflows into the lake will force the opening of flood gates.
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ZRA Chief Executive Officer Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa said that ZRA is scheduled to meet with the HCB authorities by the end of this month. He said:
By end of this month, we are going to meet and discuss with HCB. They can give us 500MW which can be shared between the two utilities [Kariba North and South power stations]. They have two generators dedicated to supply through Zimbabwe. We are preparing the letters for the negotiations.
Energy and Power Development Minister, advocate Fortune Chasi said that it is imperative to understand the conditions before committing to anything. He said:
We treat this as an opportunity. We need to have a full understanding of the deal and what conditions HCB wants fulfilled by the Zambezi River Authority.
The development comes when both Zimbabwe and Zambia are facing power shortages following the dwindling water levels in Lake Kariba. Each country’s water allocation towards power generation has been reduced by around 50% to 17 billion cubic metres. ZESA engineers have projected a complete shutdown by September if water continues to decrease at the current rate.
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