AT least US$115 million has been secured from India to develop and rehabilitate Zimbabwe’s major electricity generation installations as part of measures to improve power supply in the country.

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Zimbabwe, like other Sadc countries, faces electricity shortages due to increased demand triggered by industrial and population growth in the region.

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The Sunday Mail has established that national power utility, Zesa, secured the funds under a government-to-government credit facility to improve generation at the Hwange and Bulawayo electricity plants.

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Talks are underway to finalise similar financing for Harare Thermal Power Station.

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India has agreed to part with US$115,6 million for rehabilitation Bulawayo Thermal Power Station and to refurbish the Deka water pipeline to Hwange Thermal Power Station.

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Bulawayo will get about US$87 million of the US$100 million required to repower the small thermal station that has been mothballed for 10 years.

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The repowering will see the station generate 90MW, up from current capacity of 30MW.

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Refurbishment of the Deka pipeline, which takes water from the Zambezi River to Hwange Thermal Power Station, has began after India released US$28,6 million to Zesa late last year.

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The Deka project is expected to be completed in early 2016.

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Zimbabwe and India are working on the finer details for the release of a US$70 million loan that will repower two small thermal power stations in Harare to produce 60MW — up from 20MW.

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Indian firm Jaguar Overseas has been awarded the tender to repower the stations.

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The Secretary for Energy and Power Development Mr Partson Mbiriri said: “Implementation of the tabled projects by Zesa would go a long way in easing the power shortage that is prevailing not only in the country but in the region as a whole.”

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Currently, Zimbabwe produces 1 300MW of electricity against demand of 2 200MW.