Zimplats, which also jointly owns smaller platinum miner Mimosa Mining Company with Sibanye Stillwater, imports its power from Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa.
Zimbabwe has experienced acute power cuts in the past, the latest in 2019 that lasted up to 18 hours a day, which affected the mining sector, the country’s biggest earner of foreign currency.
On Monday, the country was producing 1,227 MW, below its peak demand of 1,400 MW.
The government expects 100MW of electricity to come from new renewable energy projects by the end of this year and other mining companies are also planning to produce power from solar energy.
(By MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Barbara Lewis)