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Construction has started on the first phase of a 1.9MWp solar PV and 3.9MWh battery energy storage system (Bess) at agro-industrial company Nhimbe Fresh’s estate in Marondera, Zimbabwe. First announced in November 2020, the $5.3m project is being developed by South African crowdfunding platform Sun Exchange, which recently raised another round of funding.

Zimbabwe
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Development of the 3.84MW Tsanga A hydroelectric power station is being affected by issues over payment terms. Nyangani Renewable Energy (NRE) managing director Ian McKersie said the parties to its power purchase agreement (PPA) – Tsanga Power Stations (TPS) and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) subsidiary Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC) – were having difficulty in agreeing what currency payments should be made in.

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Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) is halting support for two solar PV projects after grid impact assessments found that existing infrastructure was insufficient to evacuate power from them.

Zimbabwe
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ZETDC has been taken to arbitration by developer NRE in a dispute over US dollar payments, in a case with significant implications for the country’s struggling power sector and which also highlights the macroeconomic problems weighing on the Mnangagwa administration, writes Marc Howard

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe became a global byword for economic mismanagement when reckless government printing of the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD) in the 2000s led to hyperinflation that peaked at 500bn% in September 2008, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Zimbabwe
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Tatanga Energy chief executive Tunde Akerele told African Energy that China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC) had been selected as preferred engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the first 50MWp stage of the Sable Chemicals solar PV plant in Kwekwe, Midlands Province. This followed an international tender last year; the EPC contract is under negotiation.

Zimbabwe
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Invictus Energy is proceeding on its 80%-owned and -operated Cabora Bassa gas condensate project without a farm-in partner, the Australian independent announced on 9 July. It had been unable to complete the required due diligence on a proposed counterparty.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe is preparing to sell a stake in the state-owned fuel marketing and distribution company Petrotrade in the next few months, African Energy understands. Petrotrade – which has the mandate to market and distribute petroleum products, including diesel, gasoline, lubricants and liquid petroleum gas – is seeking a strategic partner to inject fresh capital into the business in order to improve operational capacity and enable it to expand its footprint.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe is expecting around 150MW in capacity to be added to the national grid before the end of the year. Energy and power development minister Zhemu Soda told the cabinet on 22 June that one thermal power project will provide 50MW and ten renewable projects will between them add a further 100MW in total.

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The Malilangwe Trust and Sustainable Agriculture Technology have set a 30 June deadline for expressions of interest (EoI) in the design, EPC, testing and implementation of a 4.5MWp solar plant in Masvingo Province.

Zimbabwe
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Independent power producer (IPP) Southern Energy is targeting Q3 2021 to install the first 25MW at a solar plant in Hwange district near Victoria Falls. Southern Energy chairman Barry Nyabonda told African Energy this first phase will begin feeding the grid from around August; further phases are planned which will expand the capacity fourfold.

Zimbabwe
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Coal miner Zambezi Gas and Coal has started construction work on a thermal power plant, which will have a total capacity of 750MW. The work is being carried out in two phases, with an initial 150MW to be followed by a 600MW second phase. “The first phase will cost us about $250m and the whole project $1.7bn,” chairman Linos Masimura told African Energy.

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National oil company Petrozim Line has awarded a ten-month contract to Penspen for work on the 208km Feruka-Harare pipeline, which the UK-based firm originally designed. Penspen will deliver engineering and procurement support services for the multi-product pipeline project.

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Independent power producer Zimbabwe Zhongxin Electrical Energy (ZZEE) will connect an initial 25MW to the grid under the 50MW first phase of the 320MW coal-fired project at Deka Bridge Farm in Hwange within the next two months. The company is close to completing construction (80%) of a 13km power line linking the plant to the Zimbabwe Power Company grid.

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Local developer New Sahara Ventures’ two off-grid solar PV plants have suffered delays due to shortages of foreign currency and the escalating price of solar equipment. The regional-focused renewables company is the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 5.5MW Guruve solar park in Mashonaland Central province. While the project could have finished earlier, chief executive Trymore Sharata said he now expected completion by December.

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