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Zimbabwe to import electricity from Zambia

Power utility Zesa Holdings (Zesa) is set to import electricity from Zambian company, Lunsenfwa from August to address power shortages in the country.

Speaking during a tour of the Kariba Hydropower Station on Friday, Zesa spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira said Lunsenfwa was a private public partnership arrangement and Zimbabwe was targeting to import up to 100MW from Zambia this year.

“Zimbabwe will import an initial 56MW from Lunsenfwa from Zambia as of August 1, but will add 20MW until it ramps up to 100MW, as some of the mitigation measures to ensure availability of electricity in the country,” he said.

Gwasira said presently the government was spending $6,5 million monthly on power imports from South Africa’s power utility Eskom.

Zimbabwe is importing 300MW of electricity from South Africa’s power utility Eskom and another 40MW from Mozambique.

The country generates about 1 300MW against a demand of 2 200MW.

Presently the Kariba power station is generating 285MW instead of 750MW due to low water levels.

Zesa also generates power at Hwange, Kariba and three smaller thermal stations in Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo.


Source – Lusaka Times