The newly appointed Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda has said the government is considering extending the fuel pipeline in Mabvuku to other regions in the country and beyond the borders, The Herald reports.
Zhemu was briefing diplomats from Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, and South Africa who were touring the fuel storage depot in Mabvuku when he revealed the government’s plan to extend the fuel pipeline from Mabvuku to Polokwane, Bulawayo to Francistown and Tete to Lubumbashi.
…We are also considering the option of extending the pipeline from Harare to other regions of Zimbabwe to bring it closer to the hinterland and later on in collaboration with you and your countries and it will be done based on commercial viability and other considerations.
Speaking during the same tour, International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo also addressed the diplomats and said the project if implemented successfully will foster SADC’s economic growth:
This is supported by SADC, which has been developing and implementing programmes and strategies to support energy and power development in the region. The SADC Protocol on Energy which was adopted in 1996, as a framework of cooperation among SADC Member States refers.
Specifically, the SADC Protocol on Energy encourages Member States to cooperate in energy development, and harmonising policies, strategies, and procedures throughout the region.
Cooperation in the energy sector is expected to ensure security, reliability, and sustainability of energy supply throughout the region at-large. Member States are also encouraged to cooperate in research and development programmes for low-cost energy sources.
Meanwhile, the government has said it is planing to build a bigger fuel pipeline that will make Zimbabwe an energy hub.
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