The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honourable Zhemu Soda, reported to cabinet that his ministry had managed to advance some of the projects it was undertaking in the 100 day cycle as the nation fights to address the energy challenges.
With vast energy projects underway government was nearing completion of the Hwange expansion project and the construction of ethanol tanks in Harare while the Kanyemba project was ongoing.
“The Hwange 7 and 8 Expansion Project, which will add an additional 600 megawatts to the national grid, is 90% complete and on course to meet timelines. Construction of the 6 000 cubic metres ethanol storage tanks in Harare is 96% complete.” The Acting Chairperson of Cabinet Jenfan Muswere said.
Furthemore,“The Kanyemba Project which targets the construction of 30.5 kilometres of a high voltage line and 3.1 kilometres of a medium voltage line, and installation of 12 substations to power 21 institutions as well as energizing the high voltage line crossing the Zambezi River from Luangwa in Zambia is now 98% complete.”
In a bid to avail energy for communities government is set to commission the Mola project in Kariba which is set to avail electricity for the the community next month.
“The Mola Anchor Project in Kariba, involving the electrification of Chalala Clinic, Primary and Secondary Schools, District Development Fund, Police, Government institutions, and the Business Centre is on target and will be commissioned by 30 August 2022.” Minister Muswere also said.
Government’s drive to avail clean and renewable energy sources was also bolstered in this cycle as the Caledonia solar power plant was progressing well.
“The Caledonia Solar Power Plant Construction Project has so far achieved the following: installation of 12 megawatts solar modules; and completion of the control room, cabling, and of the line and substation.” Minister Muswere highlighted.
Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honourable Zhemu Soda, highlighted the challenges Zimbabwe was facing in meeting the energy needs as deeply rooted in the infrastructural gaps and South Africa’s failure to deliver the contracted 100MW owing to challenges the neighboring nation had in meeting it’s own energy needs.