Zim To Become Energy Self-Sufficient: President

Government is implementing a raft of measures to ensure the country becomes energy self-sufficient to support growing demand from consumers and the expanding manufacturing and agriculture sector, President Mnangagwa has said.

In his weekly column for this publication, President Mnangagwa said projects such as the proposed gas pipeline from Buzi in Mozambique to Mutare, which is envisaged to be jointly carried out by the two countries, could help the country achieve its goal.

He said it was important for the country to diversify its energy sources.

“Before long, Zimbabwe must have a robust gas industry to power its agriculture and meet its energy needs,” the President said.

“In respect of gas and hydroelectricity, the sister Republic of Mozambique offers huge opportunities both for immediately augmenting our own power supply through more imports, and, in the medium to long term, through new energy projects built on a joint venture basis,” he said.

“The projected gas pipeline from Buzi to Mutare should offer new possibilities, as, too, does the Mpanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project, whose power generation capacity is remarkably stable, thanks to waters from Zambezi, Kafue and from waters that flow from Malawi. Zimbabwe should team up with Mozambique’s power authority EDM, whose thermal gas project I had occasion to visit during the recent historic State Visit to that sister country.”

The President said Government had taken lessons from Mozambique on how to make the most out of the Lupane gas reserves that could create manifold benefits to the economy.

“Still on energy, I am aware that we have our own thermal gas in Lupane which needs tapping. The insights we got through our visit to EDM (Mozambique’s power utility Electricidade de Moçambique) thermal gas electricity generation plant leaves us clearer on how to go about it, and where to source technologies both for tapping the gas and harnessing it for energy and fertilisers. Lupane gas project will ensure multiple gains for our country, now that our water reservoir at Gwayi-Shangani, and the water pipeline to Bulawayo are on course to completion and execution, respectively.

“All told, we thus should have two gas-related projects in the country: that in Mutare feeding off gas fields of Buzi in Mozambique, and another in Lupane powered by our own gas deposits.

“We wait with bated breath for outcome to exploration work currently underway in Muzarabani where we are hopeful a third plant will develop.”

President Mnangagwa said the resuscitation of Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco) would result in surplus iron and steel production that would reach world markets, thus the need for Zimbabwe to be land-linked.

Revival of the steel manufacturer was also expected to save the country up to US$1 billion in import cost savings.

Work has already started on implementing road and rail networks which connect to Mozambique’s coasts as well as restoring capacity in air cargo to ensure the country’s exports and imports needs are met. *SundayMail*


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