MUTARE, October 14 (The Source) – Green Fuel will produce 10 megawatts of electricity at its Chisumbanje ethanol plant starting in December, the energy minister has said.
Green Fuel, a joint venture between the Zimbabwe government’s Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda) and Macdom and Ratings Investments owned by Billy Rautenbach, and the power utility ZESA also agreed to finance the construction of a power line at a cost of $100 000 to link the plant to the national grid.
“Zesa and Green Fuel have agreed to share the cost (of the power line) 50/50. We have also agreed that by the first week of December the line will be transmitting power to the electrical grid,” energy and power development minister Dzikamai Mavhaire told The Source.
Mavhaire said the line could later be upgraded to transmit more power.
The power deal is one of many projects aimed at boosting the country’s power supply with ZESA currently generating 1100MW against a peak demand of 2200MW.