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LPG energy consumption increases 50-fold since 2017

Story by Owen Mandovha

GOVERNMENT has succeeded in eradicating supply-side challenges of key energy and fuels including promoting the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which has increased fiftyfold in the past five years.

Consumers have a wide range of choices in terms of household energy sources thanks to the government’s measures over the last five years to develop energy infrastructure through the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (NOIC).

NOIC Board Chairperson, Engineer Daniel Mckenzie said the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which was almost non-existent almost a decade ago has increased 50-fold over the last five years.

“In 2017, the national LPG consumption stood at just 1 million kilograms, but this has increased to 50 million kilograms to date and this is attributable to a deliberate policy thrust to improve supply chains of the commodity including building capacity of infrastructure,” he said.

The national oil petroleum industry company is further developing additional storage capacity for LPG.

“The Parastatal has plans to build more storage facilities in anticipation of further increased demand rises in the upcoming year. This is in line with our strategic thrust to safeguard the country’s energy supply as the economy is expected to grow,” he added.

Government has succeeded in bringing sanity to the energy sector whereby in the past the country was faced with biting supply side issues of fuel and electricity.

Electricity generation has improved significantly in the country over the past few months, owing to the completion of the Hwange Power Station Unit 7 and 8 expansion projects, whose commissioning is set for next week.

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