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Zimbabwe to Ramp Up Power Imports
Tuesday August 6, 2019  Printer Friendly Email this article


Zimbabwe is  having to increase its power imports over the next few weeks, easing rolling power cuts, after it agreed to make payments to clear its debt to a regional power utility, a treasury official from the country said in a Reuters report on August 5.

The nation has faced 18-hour daily power cuts since May as a result of a prolonged drought that has reduced power output from a hydro plant and its aging coal-fired generators that keep breaking down.

The country is in deep debt to neighboring power producers which led to a stoppage of supplies in 2017 after it failed to pay its bills.

George Guvamatanga, secretary for the Ministry of Finance, told business leaders in Harare that Zimbabwe had agreed to make weekly payments to clear its debt to a regional power utility, which would start providing at least 400 MW of electricity a month, starting from this week.



 
   
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