The Ministry of Energy and Power Development has secured 100MW from Mozambique to ease the ongoing load shedding the country is currently facing,
Minister of Energy Fortune Chasi was in Maputo last week where he met the Energy Minister of Mozambique and got 100MW to plug severe deficit that’s causing daily power cuts lasting for about 18 hours or more.
An agreement was made for Zimbabwe to draw 100 megawatts daily from Power Utility HCB (Hydro Cahora Bassa) after a payment plan was made for Zimbabwe to clear arrears of over $35 million that it owes Mozambique on a weekly basis.
The shortage of water at the Kariba dam which is the country’s major electricity producer has made the situation worse as it is only generating a paltry 299 watts with the deficit being covered by aging coal stations and imports.
The 100MW might not be enough because the current peak usage stands at 1700 MW a day with imports and local power generation combined.