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Government speaks on power supply

Government speaks on power supply

Story by Mhlomuli Ncube

GOVERNMENT has adopted a road map to energy self-sufficiency through fully supporting state-owned power utility company, ZESA Holdings.

The move is meant to ensure consistent electricity supply for industry and domestic use.

The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honourable Edgar Moyo was at Hwange Thermal Power Station this Thursday for an assessment tour of power-generation processes at the plant.

The tour comes at a time when the country is facing electricity supply challenges with power utility ZESA working round the clock to address the situation.

It emerged that sustainable electricity supply will require refurbishment of old units as well as investing in capital and human resources.

ZESA executive chairman Dr Sydney Gata said, “Our aspiration is that when we repower Stage 1 and 2, we use new modern technology which we used for the new units. We are also banking on our large pool of young engineers. They did a great job in the expansion project and their skills will remain relevant as they lead us into the future.”

“Every two and a half minutes there is a truck loading coal, so we need a lot of money to support these coalminers. Our reaction times to challenges must also be very fast,” said HESCO director, Engineer Wellington Maphosa.

“ZESA is the driver of the economy. The mildest shift is very important when you deal with issues such as faults. Make sure your clients are on your side. Last cabinet seating, we adopted a road map to energy self-sufficiency,” added Minister Moyo.

In August this year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa commissioned the Hwange Thermal Power Station, Unit 7 and 8 expansion project which has added a combined 600 megawatts to the national grid, as the country pursues energy self-sufficiency.

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