5 Independent Power Pro­duc­ers lose li­cences

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

Gweru yes­ter­day, Mr Part­son Mbiriri, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of En­ergy and Power Devel­op­ment, said Zera had ini­tially li­censed about 30 IPPs.

“We have about 30 IPPs hold­ing on to li­censes that have been ap­proved. A few have im­ple­mented their projects like in the East­ern High­lands but the ma­jor­ity haven’t be­cause of a num­ber of rea­sons. We are look­ing at in­di­vid­ual li­cences and where there is no ap­pre­cia­ble move­ment in terms of im­ple­men­ta­tion of a li­censed project, the reg­u­la­tory author­ity has can­celled some li­censes and so far five have been can­celled,” he said.

Mr Mbiriri said Govern­ment was re­luc­tant to is­sue more li­cences in the pre­vail­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

He said Govern­ment was look­ing at craft­ing a pol­icy on IPPs through the in­te­grated en­ergy re­sources plan to en­sure that only ca­pa­ble pro­duc­ers are given the ten­ders.

“We need to see how to as­sess IPPs on whether to fol­low the route of un­so­licited bids which we are cur­rently us­ing or whether we go for the auc­tion­ing sys­tem where you will say we have a site here and may the best com­pany win in terms of spec­i­fi­ca­tions we would have put in place,” said Mr Mbiriri.

“The cur­rent un­so­licited bids tend to be ex­pen­sive be­cause there is no con­trol of those bids and there is no competition.”

Zera chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer En­gi­neer Glo­ria Magombo is on record as say­ing that among all those reg­is­tered only 10 are pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity at low ca­pac­ity.— @pchi­tumba1.

A long dis­tance bus belches smoke pol­lut­ing and mak­ing the road haz­ardous to other mo­torists at the in­ter­sec­tion of Loben­gula Street and 3rd Av­enue in Bu­l­awayo re­cently.— (Pic­ture by For­tu­nate Muzara­bani)

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