The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has moved in to avert power problems in Bulawayo by setting up a power base station at Aerodrome.
The government through the ZEDTC is working on various projects to cover the supply of electricity in a bid to deal with blackouts.
ZETDC Managing Director Engineer Julian Chinembiri says apart from a number of projects they are working on, Bulawayo will soon have uninterrupted power supplies while new suburbs will also get a massive boost.
“Our team is currently working a substation in Aerodrome along the Airport Road. This will be to ensure that Bulawayo gets constant power supplies. We are also working on a base station in Cowdray Park and very soon some parts of the suburbs that had not received electricity will get supplies,” said Engineer Chinembiri.
Engineer Chinembiri says the power utility is losing close to a million dollars a month as a result of absolute equipment while hinting that his organisation is frantically working on curbing rampant vandalism that saw the power distributor losing in excess of US$6 million last year alone.
“In the month of January, we lost US$800 000 in revenue as a result of old equipment that fails and saw our clients going for days without power. We are in the process of acquiring new equipment but shortage of forex is affecting our pace. On vandalism, we are replacing copper cables with aluminum cables. We have also gone to tender to put alarms on our base stations to curb cases of oil transmission,” he added.
The government is embarking on a number of projects to ensure the availability of power in the country with the Kariba South Expansion Project expected to add 300 megawatts to the national grid by March next year while the US$4 billion Batoka Project will see the nation exporting power to the international markets.