Energy and power development minister Samuel Undenge has promised that power shortages should be resolved by the end of 2018. His optimism arises from projections, also included in the 2016 annual report by the Southern African Power Pool, that Zimbabwe will produce 4,500MW once extensions at Kariba South and Hwange, the Batoka Gorge hydro scheme, rehabilitation of thermal power stations, and planned greenfield projects are completed between 2017 and 2022.