Govt assesses implementation of independent power projects

By Stanley James

Government is assessing the country’s Independent Power Projects (IPP’s) to determine progress and extent to which they are being implemented.

Information obtained by ZBC News from the Zimbabwe  Energy Regulatory Authority  (ZERA) shows  that while over 90 Independent Power Projects (IPPs) have been registered during the past few years, there is, however, low uptake.

According to ZERA, huge capital outlay for the projects is being cited by the IPPs as the major constraint for implementing proposed projects in the solar, hydro and thermal sectors.

 The authority’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Eddington Mazambani revealed an assessment of approved projects is underway.

 “The projects have started and we have done a lot to ensure they are in a position for takeoff, however if there are no valid reasons we won’t hesitate to revoke the permits” he said.

Engineering Council of Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer Engineer Ben Rafemoyo explained the current state of IPPs in Zimbabwe.

 “The investment in the IPPS is very crucial however while there is need to expedite the uptake of the projects it is the obtaining environment  and policies that should further spell uptake of such idle projects in fact the need to consider the challenges becomes very important,” explained Rafemoyo.

The Independent Power Projects have been cited as key in diversifying power generation systems and strengthening the competitiveness of the energy value chain.