ZERA Says Out Of 60 Licensed Independent Power Producers, 15 Are Now Operational

Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has revealed that out of 60 independent power producers which were licensed, 15 are now functional.

Speaking to the Sunday Mail, ZERA acting chief executive officer Engineer Eddington Mazambani said the electricity projects were at different stages of implementation. Mazambani said:

Four of them are at stage one, which is pre-feasibility stage and they have a combined capacity of 2427,6 MW, 21 are at stage 1b, which is feasibility and technical studies and they have capacity of 1 371 MW while seven, with a total capacity of 2 430, are at the second stage, which is feasibility.

Three IPPs are at funding stage with a capacity of 53,3 MW and seven are at the construction stage and can produce 57,9 MW.

A total 15 power projects are at the operational stage and are producing 131,2 MW while two were commissioned, but not yet operational.

Zimbabwe is facing an acute shortage of power. The local power utility attributes this shortage to shrinking power production at Kariba as a result of dwindling water levels at the dam.
Power imports have declined as a result of Zimbabwe’s failure to service its debts with suppliers. ZESA reported that it will engage Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, to discuss a proposed payment plan to guarantee more imports.


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