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FORTUNE MOYO
Sep 13 2011 10:08

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) will soon set up a gas power station in Lupane, which will produce about 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity, as part of its expansion drive to provide adequate energy in the country.

Speaking at a service delivery conference at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Grounds in Bulawayo on Sunday, Zesa western region general manager Lovemore Chinaka said the gas project was at the feasibility stage.

“As part of our expansion drive to increase energy generation in the country, we will soon set up a gas power station in Lupane,” he said.

“We are currently at feasibility level. Once that stage is done we will move on to drilling so that we can reach the correct levels where there is gas.”

Chinaka said once the gas station was up and running, it would produce about 300MW of electricity.

Early last year, the government was expected to invest $450 million in the development of the gas project in Lupane.

The project is meant to include gas-filled exploration, power station construction and pipeline construction.

The Lupane gas project was granted national project status by the governmentin 2007.

Chinaka said there were other additional projects to boost power supply in the country that were in progress.

“We are also working on the extension of the Hwange Power Station where we want to install two more units,” he said.

“These additional units will produce about 600MW. We have also hired consultants to look into the extension of Kariba,” he said.

“We also want to put an additional two machines, which will produce about 300MW.”

Chinaka said the upgrades were expected to cost about $2 billion.

He said once all the projects were complete, the country would have an additional 1 200MW.

The country’s five power-generating stations – Hwange, Kariba, Bulawayo, Harare and Munyati – are currently producing 1 400MW, against an estimated demand of 2 100MW.