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General Electric Hydro France and Freyssinet International have signed a $53.7m contract to rehabilitate the spillway of the Kariba dam. The contract was signed on 24 May but was only announced on 1 July. The only other bidder, an Italian joint venture of CMC di Ravenna and ATB Riva Calzoni, was rejected for submitting a non-compliant bid.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe provided one of the most impressive delegations to the 2019 Africa Energy Forum, where new energy and power development minister Fortune Chasi explained how a government committed to reform was working hard to reach its target of 11GW electricity generation capacity, from around 2GW now. After years of chaotic or no planning, Chasi reported that “an integrated resource plan is under way”, while licensing procedures were being eased for private power investors.

Zimbabwe
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa on 14 May appointed lawyer Fortune Chasi as minister of energy and power development. Chasi replaces Joram Gumbo, who was fired shortly after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) announced a debilitating load-shedding schedule that leaves consumers without power for up to ten hours a day. Chasi’s appointment has been welcomed by many in the energy industry, who see him as young, hardworking and up to date with new energy technologies.

Zimbabwe
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The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe has reissued a tender for detailed feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments for the 50MW Rufaro solar photovoltaic plant and the 2.4MW Odzani hydropower project. Expressions of interest are now sought by 13 June. The tender was previously issued last year with a closing date of 22 October. The Rufaro solar project, which will be located on a 300ha site at Longlands Farm in Marondera in Mashonaland East Province, will be implemented in phases by Rufaro Solar Farm One, a licensed independent power producer.

Zimbabwe
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ASX-listed Invictus Energy and Sable Chemical Industries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for gas supply from the Cabora Bassa project in Zimbabwe subject to a commercial discovery being made. Sable is the sole manufacturer of agriculture grade ammonium nitrate fertiliser in Zimbabwe and a potentially large gas consumer.

Zimbabwe
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The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company is requesting expressions of interest from consultants to develop a network master plan for the country. The project is being funded by a grant from the African Development Bank. The consultant will produce a least-cost network expansion plan covering a 20-year period. Bids are due by 30 April 2019. Contact: Procurement manager, ZETDC Electricity Centre Building 2nd Floor, 25 Samora Machel Avenue, PO Box 377, Harare, Zimbabwe. Tel: +23 47 74598; Email: [email protected].

Zimbabwe
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Independent power producer PER Lusulu Power is wooing General Electric, Murray & Roberts and WorleyParsons as potential project partners to develop a planned 2,100MW coal-fired power plant in Binga district in Matebeleland North province.The company was established in 2006, and four years later it was awarded a licence to develop the power plant, which is now listed by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) as one of the licensed projects close to financial close.

Zimbabwe
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Three international consortia have bid to develop the 2,400MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme along the Zambezi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The bidders are a consortium of Power Construction Corporation of China and General Electric, Salini Impregilo of Italy, and a joint venture of China Three Gorges Corporation, China International Water and Electric Corporation and China Gezhouba Group Company.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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The government has agreed to rebundle all Zesa group companies into one company as part of its public sector enterprise reform programme. A cabinet meeting on 5 February resolved to merge the units into a single integrated company. Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Electricity Act would be amended to take account of the new structure, while a consultant is being sought to advise the government on the best structure for the rebundled utility.

Zimbabwe
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Sable Chemicals is working with Tatanga Energy, a local energy infrastructure development company, to build the 50MW first phase of a solar park at the ammonium nitrate fertiliser manufacturer’s plant at Kwekwe in central Zimbabwe. The project is a joint venture between Sable, the land owner, co-developer and services manager, Sable’s parent Masawara Plc, and Tatanga Energy. Masawara owns 70% of the project while Tatanga holds the remaining 30%.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe now has the world’s most expensive petrol, at $3.33/litre, following a price rise announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s economic crisis deepens. Several people have been shot dead, and witnesses say security forces have been raiding homes as anti-government protests intensified in mid-January. The authorities cut internet access, preventing access to messaging services.

Zimbabwe
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Miner RioZim has engaged Japan’s Univergy to build four 25MW solar power stations to supply cheaper energy to four of its biggest mines. The Herald newspaper reported that the sites were Renco and Cam and Motor gold mines, Murowa Diamonds and the Dalny gold mine, recently acquired from Falcon Gold.

Zimbabwe
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There is no shortage of power projects in Zimbabwe, but while there are plenty of independent power producers (IPPs) and several smaller plants under construction, the government’s focus is on state-owned projects. Larger IPPs and investors face the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of the currency crisis and the absence of international funding, while a number of state projects are well advanced.The government has prioritised longstanding projects such as the 600MW expansion of the Hwange coal power plant and repowering of older thermal plants.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe’s government is piecing together a policy programme to stimulate investment into its moribund power sector. Recovering energy output is a central pillar of government efforts to revitalise the economy. But President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration faces an uphill battle and a critical few weeks, highlighted by a recent visit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ahead of delivery of the budget on 22 November. The budget will prioritise engagement with lenders, in particular development finance institutions.

Zimbabwe
Issue 380 - 08 November 2018

Zimbabwe: Invictus to drill in 2020

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President Emerson Mnangawa has said Invictus Energy Ltd plans a well by mid-2020 on its permit in northern Zimbabwe. After Mnangagwa held a news conference on 1 November to discuss the progress of the ASX-listed company on the SG 4571 permit in the Cabora Bassa Basin, Invictus was forced to issue a statement clarifying media reports, including from the BBC, that a discovery had been made.Mnangagwa said the findings of preliminary studies were “positive and point to oil and gas deposits in the area”.

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