Dema Diesel Power Plant

The 100 megawatt Dema Diesel Power Plant may soon be reignited, with revelations that the government is locked in negotiations with Sakunda Holdings as part of efforts to curb the current power supply gaps.

Authorities have viewed that the power generating plant may be used as an immediate alternative to mitigate the crippling power challenges that have prompted massive load shedding across the country.

Operations at the power plant remain mothballed, a year after they were suspended amid cited factors such as fuel shortages and losses incurred by the holding company.

Clarity on capacity utilisation at the multi-million-dollar diesel power plant, during a visit by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, reveals the power station is ready to add 100 megawatts to the national grid as it works to fire up capacity to its optimum 200 megawatts.

In the wake of electricity shortages, due to low water levels at the Kariba Hydro Power Plant, as well as constraints at Hwange Thermal Power Station, there is an agreement from legislators that the Dema diesel project, which comes at a cost of 15 cents per megawatt, is a decision that needs to be made urgently.

The Mines and Energy Committee quizzed the Sakunda Holdings executive on a number of issues that have plunged the Dema Diesel Power Plant under scrutiny, which were clarified by the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mberikwazvo Chitambo who promised to equip the committee with copies of the relevant documentation which can be used by the legislators to guide recommendations.