ZERA in stakeholder engagement

THE Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) is in the process of engaging ethanol producers to ensure a sustained fuel blending ratio of 20 percent.

This Monday, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) held a consultative meeting with stakeholders in the energy sector as part of efforts to address bottlenecks in the industry.

ZERA board chairperson Dr David Madzikanda assured the stakeholders of consistent fuel supply buoyed by the country’s strategic reserves.

He said they are currently engaging with ethanol producers in Chisumbanje and Triangle to have enough ethanol supply that will ultimately cut the country’s import bill on petroleum.

“We hardly have any interruptions although we had some adjustment mainly as a result of imported inflation or cost. We have intervened so that consumers are not affected by these prices and we do this using our strategic reserves. These can also be kept in monetary terms so they are a way of subsidising our clients,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company revealed that it is now finalising a partnership deal with Rwanda Energy Group to connect more than US$300 000 customers on the waiting list.

“We have customers on the waiting list that need to be connected on the national grid. So we have engaged Rwanda Energy group for a capital injection so that we clear this backlog. Discussions are now at an advanced stage,” noted ZETDC Acting Managing Director, Engineering Howard Choga,

Improved economic activity, especially in the mining sector, has also contributed to a huge demand for electricity.