Energy in Zimbabwe

  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • Zimbabwe: Zera Seeks Ban On Electrical Gadgets

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/10/09 The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority is pushing for legislation to ban importation and use of electrical gadgets that consume a lot of power, an official said. The new legislation being considered will prohibit the use of all electrical products, local and imported, that gobble too much power, as the country is facing deficits. Zera said the law will compel rating of all electrical appliances or gadgets for energy efficiency and provide for strict inspection of the same at the ports of entry. Zimbabwe has by presently crafted legislation prohibiting the use of incandescent lights/bulbs, as part of the widespread measures meant to manage its power crisis. Only on Wednesday, Government launched a programme to outlaw and replace electric geysers with solar water heaters to ameliorate the current power deficit. It is believed the initiative will result in power savings of 300MW to 400MW.
  • Zimbabwe: Cabinet Approves U.S $77 Million Rural Electrification Agency's (REA) Project

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/08/27 CABINET has approved the Rural Electrification Agency's (REA) $77 million comprehensive electrification programme, to be undertaken by Indian company, Angelique International Limited. The approval follows recent awarding of the appropriate project tender to Angelique by the National Procurement Board to electrify 144 rural public institutions and grid electrification of 357 public institutions. The programme will as well result in the construction of two mini hydro power stations (Manyuchi and Muzoro) with a combined capacity of 2,5 megawatts. Documents at hand show that the urgency of the electrification project was emphasised as a priority area in all four clusters of the Zim-Investment policy that relate to price addition and beneficiation, food security and nutrition, social services and poverty reduction, infrastructure and utilities.
  • Vandalism, Theft Cost Zesa U.S.$30 Million Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/07/11 Power utility Zesa Holdings lost about $30 million worth of equipment due to vandalism and theft in the last 18 months, resulting in interruption of power supply in a country by presently grappling with power shortages. Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company managing director Engineer Julian Chinembiri said about $15 million equipment was vandalised. An equivalent price in potential revenue was as well lost as a result. "We lost about $10 million worth of equipment last year and so far we have lost about $5 million worth of equipment this year," the ZETDC boss said, adding "the moment they vandalise infrastructure, supply of power to the industry and domestic customers is interrupted".
  • ZETDC Floats Tender for Smart Meters in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/12/06 THE Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company has started selling bid documents to private companies for the supply of smart metering equipment estimated to cost around $100 million. Expectations are that the smart metering system will improve revenue generation amid reports that millions of dollars were being lost through theft and leakages on the prepaid meters. Managing director Mr Julian Chinembiri confirmed yesterday that the tender had been advertised and interested companies were in the process of buying tender papers.
  • Zimbabwe Denies Ever Signing Uranium Deal With Iran

    IRAN, 2013/08/11 Controversies were fanned on Saturday night at the same time as the same Deputy Mines Minister who was quoted by the British owned Times newspaper in the morning allegedly saying that he saw a document Zimbabwe signed with Iran which includes the export of the contentious Uranium susbstance, Gift Chimanikire, has been quoted denying the statement. Deputy Minister Chimanikire who belongs to the MDC party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has since been quoted saying the statement is not authentic. “We have no capacity to handle uranium as a country, and besides we don’t even know the quantity of uranium” Chimanikire told the South African Bloomberg paper in a phone interview late Saturday.
  • African energy environment seems rather dynamic at present

    BOTSWANA, 2013/07/02 Cross Border Data’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and next prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets. Maps are drawn/updated annually by ‘journalist mapmaker’ David Burles and an introductory piece describes the process of production as requiring the application of investigative techniques to obtain even the majority basic data. Data on the continent’s energy environment has been built up using “not only maps, but as well press releases, news statement and good old-fashioned journalistic legwork”.
  • Zimbabwe Electricity

    ZIMBABWE, 2012/12/25 Zimbabwe signed a $400 million transaction with China's national-owned SinoHydro on Thursday to increase electricity production and ease daily blackouts. The transaction will mean a 400 megawatt upgrade for the Kariba Hydro power station on the Zambezi river, conference an additional 18 % of peak request.
  • Zimbabwe looks to give equal energy to everyone

    ZIMBABWE, 2012/12/05 What can the energy sector do to boost the economy?
  • Power Company to Maximise on Power Generation 2012-11-16

    ZIMBABWE, 2012/11/16 Zimbabwe Power Company says it will continue building electricity generating plants until supply exceeds demand. ZPC managing director Mr Noah Gwariro was speaking after the State Procurement Board last week awarded SinoHydro a tender for the expansion of Kariba South power station. The project is expected to add 300MW to the national grid.