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With elections due in August, the ruling Zanu-PF’s grip on power is being threatened by electricity shortages, corruption and soaring inflation. However, critics say an uneven electoral playing field still favours the incumbent, writes Tonderayi Mukeredzi in Harare.

Zimbabwe
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Establishing a reliable financial framework for building cross-border power interconnections may be the single most effective way to improve electrification across sub-Saharan Africa. Yet bureaucratic impediments are holding up progress at an important scheme, the Southern Africa Power Pool (Sapp)’s Regional Transmission Infrastructure Financing Facility (RTIFF), which could implement its first projects in two to three years – with the right support.

Mozambique | Botswana | Namibia | Zambia | Zimbabwe | South Africa
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Australian Securities Exchange-listed Invictus Energy has established the existence of light oil, gas condensate and helium at its Cabora Bassa oil and gas exploration project in Muzarabani, in northern Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe
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The rapid development of five lithium projects bodes well for Zimbabwe’s potential as a minerals exporter and demonstrates China’s central role in mineral developments, as Harare takes steps to promote domestic processing industries. But serious governance concerns remain over artisanal mining and customs-evading exports.

Zimbabwe
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A surge of new mining projects in Zimbabwe – encouraged by a government keen to raise more export revenues – is leading to a rapid increase in demand for electricity, but persistent supply deficits threaten to derail the ambitious plans for the sector.

Zimbabwe
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Independent power producer (IPP) Equinox Energy is aiming to raise $12m to build a 10MW solar PV plant in Makaha, a ward in the Mudzi district of Mashonaland East province, via a combination of equity and debt finance.

Zimbabwe
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 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed for Zimbabwe’s first high-powered green hydrogen power plant, to be developed in the Chipangayi Renewable Park (RETPark), in Manicaland province’s Chipinge district.

Zimbabwe
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HDF Energy and Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have agreed to develop Zimbabwe’s first green hydrogen power plant, with the French GH2 developer promising financial close soon.

Zimbabwe
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While imposing macroeconomic problems continue to weigh on developers, Zimbabwe is seeking ways to attract investment to independent power producers and commercial and industrial (C&I) projects. And among recent schemes to overcome being ostracised by international capital markets Zimbabwe is looking to use its wealthier C&I power consumers to provide corporate guarantees to raise capital for new projects.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe is rolling out the welcome mat to private investors to mitigate its power deficit, with new tax incentives for a potential 200MW of run-of-river capacity in the Eastern Highlands and big plans for long-stalled large hydro scheme. The shift towards market-friendly reforms is welcome, but macroeconomic and fiscal problems continue to pose major difficulties for investors, writes Marc Howard.

Zimbabwe
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Construction is under way on the first phase of a solar PV plant at Zimplats’ Selous Metallurgical Complex.

Zimbabwe
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Analysis of the latest information on the African Energy Live Data platform shows that over half of the 23.4GW electricity generation capacity expected online by 2027 across southern Africa will come from public procurement rounds, some 12.5GW of it from renewables and hybrid technologies.

Mozambique | Botswana | Lesotho | Angola | Namibia | Malawi | Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Plagued by acute shortages of electricity, Zambia and Zimbabwe have turned to independent power producers (IPPs) to cover the shortfalls in power supply.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Australia’s Invictus Energy has extended the contract for Exalo’s Rig 202 to allow further drilling in Muzarabani. That leaves Helium One needing another rig for its Tanzania drilling campaign.

Zimbabwe | Tanzania
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Off-grid liquid generation remains a costly default option for retail customers in countries with unreliable grids. Half-a-dozen grid collapses this year in Nigeria have demonstrated how unreliable and underpowered the grid is, with diesel and other small genset backups estimated to comprise as much as 12GW of off-grid liquid capacity.

Nigeria | Zimbabwe