National power utility, Zesa Holdings has made an agreement to import 100 Megawatts of power from SNEL of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), beginning on the first of March this year.The deal will see the Congolese power company supplying ZESA with 50 megawatts on a continuous basis, while the other 50 megawatts will be provided whenever it is available.
In a statement, ZESA Holdings Public Relations Manager, Mr. Fullard Gwasira said the facility has been made possible through improved revenue collection efforts over the last three months.
The power utility which currently imports 300 megawatts from Mozambique and Zambia has a debt of around US$100 million to regional power utilities, thus curtailing ability to import large amounts of power.
Gwasira claimed that all the three smaller thermal power stations in Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati are now operating, while Hwange Power Station is generating an average of 500 megawatts from 5 out of the 6 units.
Power generation which is currently around 1300 megawatts is however inadequate with demand pegged at 1750 megawatts which peaks at 2500 megawatts.