Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has reportedly granted a licence to the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) to build a 120 MW power plant in Mutare.
ZPC is the country’s largest power generator.
In a statement issued by ZERA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Eddington Mazambani, the Authority said:
The generation license is hereby granted to the Zimbabwe Power Company in terms of Section 42 of the Electricity Act to construct, own, operate and maintain 120MW Emergency/Peaking Power Plant called Mutare Peaking Power Station at Orange Groove Farm at Feruka in Mutare, Manicaland Province for the purposes of generation and supply of electricity.
The development comes when the country is having a huge power deficit. The peaking power plant is expected to ease pressure on the national grid particularly during peak hours (early morning and early evening).
The plant is expected to initially use diesel before adopting the use of gas.
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