hwange.jpgThe Draft National Energy Policy which began to be crafted almost eight months ago is expected to be tabled before cabinet soon before it can be implemented.

The implementation of the National Energy Policy is expected to cushion the country’s power woes through provision of clear guidelines on the sustainable use of the country’s energy resources and implementation of current and future power projects.

 

Various projects to alleviate power shortages such as the expansion of Hwange and Kariba South Power Stations by two units each, the establishment of a coal fired power plant in Gokwe, the Lupane gas power project and the Batoka Gorge hydro electric project among others, but the projects have never been practically pursued.

 

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Energy and Power Development Mr. Justin Mupamhanga says the approval of the energy policy should bring commitment to improving the sector.

 

Zimbabwe and other Southern African countries have been reeling under electricity shortages for the past two years and stakeholders are faced with difficulties in finding solutions to avert the shortages resulting in some cities going dark for several hours.

 

The country has entered into various power deals within the region including the ZESA-NAMPOWER deal and the resuscitation of local power stations such as the Bulawayo thermal power station but challenges continue to arise such as the power generation failure at Hwange power station among others, which have kept supply far below demand.