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ZIMBABWE has invited private firms stepped up efforts to increase power generation through ongoing multimillion dollar projects.

The Zimbabwe Power Company said it had embarked on least cost power generation expansion projects to boost the country’s electricity.

In a statement, the power utility said it had embarked on the Hwange power generation expansion project in addition to the Batoka power generation project and the Kariba south power expansion project.

Kariba South expansion stands at a total cost of US$ 533 million, which would include all the associated developments.

The company said in all its expansion work it had engaged Sinohydro Corporation Company of China.

ZPC said it had also opened up the sector to Independent Power Producers and had created the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority ZERA to regulate the industry.

According to the company a new hydro power station is on the cards at the Batoka gorge downstream of the Victoria Falls which will produce about 800 megawatts of power.

Zimbabweans have been for years subjected to power outages which had cripple both industrial expansion and capacity.

Domestic power users have been subjected to power load shedding with some areas going for days without power.

Energy and Power Development Minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire, conceded the Southern African country will not have enough power until 2018.

“I do not want to lie to the nation. We do not have the capacity to generate enough power for the whole country at the moment but we have put in place measures to increase our generation capacity,” said Mavhaire.

Zimbabwe imports some of its power from Mozambique, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source : CAJ News Agency