In Zimbabwe, the Zimplats mining group is currently carrying out feasibility studies for the installation of a solar power plant with 200 MW of capacity. The announcement was made by Nico Muller, the executive director of the South African platinum company Implats, the parent company of Zimplats.
The infrastructure will supply 80 MW of electricity to Zimplats and 30 MW of additional energy to the company’s Mimosa mines in the country. The rest of the energy produced will be transferred to the Zimbabwe national power grid.
Currently, mining companies are mostly dependent on the energy imported by the country from Mozambique. Zimbabwe has indeed been facing, for several months, an energy crisis which is affecting the performance of the sector and which is pushing the companies which can afford it, to acquire their own electricity production capacities.
Source: Agence Ecofin