Just In: Govt plans to regularise gas usage in households

The government is set to regularise the sell and usage of gas for domestic purposes in households as a contingency plan following the power shortages that has resulted in incessant power cuts and acute load shedding, Zim Morning Post has learnt.

Addressing journalist at a post cabinet press briefing in the capital on Tuesday, Energy minister Fortune Chasi said government was looking at gas as an alternative to thermal and hydro electric power.

He said he met players in the gas industry to discuss the issues of pricing, safe usage, transportation and storage and other related factors in the industry.

Another meeting is scheduled for next week.

“We want to take Botswana route where almost every household uses gas to cook .

“This is for every household including those who do not have electricity ,” he said.

Chasi was responding to concerns raised on the environmental degradation caused by the use of plastics and also deforestation as a result of the excessive use of firewood.

Meanwhile, government has paid us$10 million from the US$33 million it owes to ESKOM.

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