ZPC plans to set up 300 MW solar power stations

Harare, September 4, 2017 (New Ziana) – The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) plans to set up 300 Megawatt solar power plants in the country, a move aimed at increasing electricity supply, the industry regulator has said.

In a statement, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) said the power plants, each with 100 MW capacity, would be located in Gwanda and Matobo in Matabeleland South and Munyati in the Midlands province respectively.

“Notice is hereby given that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has received an application from the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) (Pvt) Limited to construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed 100 MW Insukamini Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at Valindre Farm of Matobo district in Matabeleland South Province,” the authority said.

ZERA also invited stakeholders to forward recommendations or concerns on the three projects.

“Any person desiring to make representations on this application for a generation license may within 14 days from the last day of this publication lodge a written representation with the ZERA office,” it said.

ZPC is responsible for power generation and has over the years failed to meet demand due to limited capacity as its old infrastructure fails to perform to its maximum.

Zimbabwe has had to rely on imports from mainly South African and Mozambique to augment inadequate power supplies.

ZPC is currently undertaking a multi-million expansion of Kariba Power station by a further 300 MW which is being funded by the Chinese to the tune of $400 million. At the moment, the plant has capacity to produce 750 MW.

Hwange power station is also set to expand in another Chinese financed deal.

Recently, ZPC sought permission from the State Procurement Board to cancel a $113 million contract for repowering Munyati Power Station awarded in 2015 to Indian firm Jaguar Overseas Limited, citing the company’s delays in securing funding for the project. – New Ziana

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