The availability of electricity in the country is expected to significantly improve in the second half of 2023 when two new units at Hwange Power Station come online and the Zimbabwe River Authority (ZRA) increases water allocation to the Kariba Power Station for power generation.
This was said by Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC)’s acting managing director, Howard Choga, during an interview with Business Times. He said:
Holding all other things constant, there will be a supply-demand balance in the second half of 2023.
We are expecting Kariba South to generate around 775MW from the current 350MW following an anticipated water level improvement from May.
Also, we are expecting Hwange 7 and 8 to add 600MW to the current 324 to reach above 1000MW.
Choga said there is a need for a cost-reflective tariff to ensure the viability of the power utility. He said:
There is a need for a glide path to cost reflectivity, 100% payment of electricity in US$, deduct electricity bills amount – before 75% surrender ratio, recapitalise the industry network reinforcement and rehabilitation for the good operation of the power utility.
With these probable solutions implemented, this could see the power utility performing well.
We hope the authorities will take these recommendations to improve the running of the company.
Meanwhile, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) John Mangudya has rejected a proposal by ZESA Holdings for businesses to wholly pay electricity tariffs in United States dollars.
ZESA says a 100% USD payment tariff would ensure the country enjoys a steady supply of electricity.