December 23, 2013
Big energy project impacting users is the goal of the grant. The opportunity to produce energy capacity through electrical supply is ramping up in Zimbabwe. The news of “5 million people targeted by ZimFund-financed energy project in Zimbabwe” to support environmental and power solutions for broadened thinking on infrastructure.
“The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Friday, December 20 the Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project Phase II (EPIRP II) in Zimbabwe. The financing comes in the form of a US $17.52-million grant from the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (ZimFund) housed in the AfDB,” reports The Marabi Post.
This infrastructure project’s objective using “EPIRP is to improve the availability and reliability of electricity supply through the rehabilitation of generation, transmission and distribution facilities. This involves specifically the electricity supply to critical social infrastructure facilities and to the inhabitants of the seven targeted areas of Zimbabwe – Kwekwe, Gweru, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Harare and Hwange. Together these areas have a combined population of 5 million people. “The EPIRP II is the second energy-sector project financed through the AfDB-administered Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund,” explained Alex Rugamba, Director of the AfDB’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department.”
The project has been broken down into two Phases to support the target areas and support roll out. “Phase I of the EPIRP was designed to improve the provision of adequate and reliable electricity in an environmentally sound manner. When complete, Phase II will enable full utilization of national produced capacity through restoration of transformer capacity. Utilized installed capacity will rise from 1,237 MW in 2013 to 1,960 MW by 2016 – with due attention to environmental safety and protection. The percentage of customers with access to firm transformer capacity at transmission level should increase from 32 per cent in 2013 to 63.5 per cent in 2016.”
The project has infrastructural and social ramifications. “This will translate into both economic and social benefits as a result of reduced power outages due to transformer faults.” The project is determined to produce value over in the long-term for its users, the environment and mitigate climate change.