Zimbabwe will be power sufficient and Southern region stands to benefits once the Batoka Hydroelectric Scheme Project by Zimbabwe and Zambia is complete.

Energy and Power Development Minister Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said this on the sidelines of the Africa Energy Forum currently underway in Mauritius.

Over the years, Zimbabwe’s economy has adversely been affected by the serious power outages owing to lack of investment into energy and power generation.

This will soon be a thing of the past once the joint investment into Batoka Hydro Electric Scheme Project by Zimbabwe and Zambia is complete.

Zimbabwe is also working on upgrading the Hwange 7 and 8 power plants and the Kariba South Extension Projects that will transform the energy sector in Zimbabwe.

“The Batoka Hydroelectric Project will generate 2400 megawatts of electricity which will be shared between us and Zambia. This is going to plug the current energy deficit,” said Minister Khaya Moyo.

African states must also work towards investing in their regional power pools so that interdependency is fostered among states.

Zimbabwe has the capacity to produce 1 800 megawatts of electricity but is only managing to generate around 1 100 megawatts per day.

The country imports 300 megawatts of electricity from Eskom in South Africa and 50 megawatts from Hydrocahora Basa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Minister Khaya-Moyo also invited international investors to come and invest in various forms of energy in the country as Zimbabwe is now open for business.