Eskom: No secrecy around Zim power deal

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(Duncan Alfreds, News24)
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Johannesburg - Eskom has confirmed the sale of electricity to Zimbabwe but denied that the power supply agreement with its Zimbabwean counterpart the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) is secret.

Eskom said the deal is part of an arrangement among southern African power utilities to sell surplus electricity to each other.

Media reports in Zimbabwe have alleged that Eskom has entered into a “secret” deal to sell 300 MW of electricity to the neighbouring country, which has been experiencing power shortages lately. The reports also quoted Zimbabwe Energy and Power Development Ministry Permanent Secretary Partson Mbiriri saying the deal has to be kept under wraps “for security reasons”.
 
In a statement on Monday evening, Eskom confirmed the sale of power to Zimbabwe “but there is no secrecy about this”, it said. Eskom is part of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), and so is Zesa, where member utilities sell surplus electricity to each other depending on the need, Eskom said.
 
“South Africa, through Eskom, has been involved in the electricity sector in various countries in Africa for a long time and has utilised different forms of engagements. This has been done mainly through bilateral trading arrangements, using instruments such as power purchase and power sales agreements.

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