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Kenneth Matimaire Independent Power Producers (IPPs) operating in the eastern border province are currently producing a combined 40 megawatts with several others earmarked to start operating, an official has said.

Minister of Energy and Power Development, Samuel Undenge, revealed this when he addressed journalists in Mutare recently.

Undenge said a total of six IPPs are already operational while five more are expected to take-off the ground soon.

“In Manicaland, a number of small power stations are already generating power. These include Border Timbers’ 05,5 MW Biomass plant, 1,1MW Nyamhingura (Hydro Power Plant) on Nyamhingura River, 2,7 MW Pungwe A (Hydro Power Plant) on Pungwe river, 2,2MW Duru on Duru River, 15,25MW Pungwe B on Pungwe River and the Green FuelChisumbanje Biomass plant producing 18,3MW,” he said.

Undenge said the projects were commissioned between 2010 and 2014.

He said the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) intended to undertake construction of a 30MW run-of-river small hydro power station on the Gairezi River in Nyanga.

This would complement several other projects in the pipeline such as the Rusitu, Tsanga, Osborne Dam and Kondo Dam small hydro power plants.

The entire eastern region requires 130MW, according to Zesa regional manager, Milton Munodawafa.

Source : Financial Gazette