Zimbabwe government set to procure 2000 transformers
The Treasury of Zimbabwe has released funds needed to procure 2000 additional transformers, in order to address power transmission gaps.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Dr Joram Gumbo, has stated that these transmission gaps are negatively affecting service in critical sectors such as clinics and schools.
“Our problem has been foreign currency but at the moment the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has given us money to secure about 2 000 transformers. A tender has been floated and we hope we will be receiving them in due course,” he said.
“There is a shortage throughout the country in farms, in schools and in some very strategic places like clinics. So there is no specific place but there is really a need throughout the country.”
Last year Government revealed that it needed close to $20 million to replace 4 000 transformers that were lost due to vandalism. Dr Gumbo said the country was not manufacturing enough transformers to meet local demand.
“I’ve been on record telling you that we don’t manufacture transformers. We buy transformers. We allow people to bring them from outside and buy from them. We are not manufacturing enough, at most if we can, we can manufacture 400 transformers a month, which is not enough,” he said.
Dr Gumbo said although load shedding was at its minimal, power supplies were being interrupted due to faults caused by strong winds and violent thunderstorms, which result in electric poles falling. The Minister said Government was considering replacing wooden poles with durable concrete poles.
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