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By Timothy Simelane -THE SWAZI OBSERVER-25-Aug-2009

THE Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy will introduce thermal power station to end the country’s reliance on South Africa’s Eskom for power supply.

Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile was responding to questions from Senators who wanted to know what contingency strategies government had to ensure there were more sources of energy in Swaziland. The minister said the only solution was to establish a thermal power station.

“We have coal but we need to find reliable companies to mine it and further establish a thermal power station.” The minister said the establishment of a thermal power plant was at an advanced state.

She said in the time being government was viewing prospects of increasing the hydro electricity power supply at Maguduza and Ngwemphisi. She said a physibility study had also been done on a possible solar power supply project.

“We want this study to be concluded soon,” she said. Swaziland gets 80 % of its power from Eskom. The 20% comes from Luphohlo Hydro Electricity Power Station, Maguga and Dwaleni.

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