|ZPC signs US$230m power deal|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:00|
Bright Madera Senior Business Reporter
generating unit of Zesa said Bulawayo, Hwange and Munyati power stations would be renovated under the agreement.
“These developments will greatly reduce the demand-supply gap that is compounding load shedding” read part of the bulletin.
This means the refurbishment exercise will add about 350MW to the national grid.
The agreement with Wapco comes amid calls for Government to replace the equipment at the thermal stations as it was constantly breaking down and its production capacity had been reduced.
Thermal power stations have become expensive to operate taking into account the frequent technical faults and the low output.
Hwange Thermal Power Station is the biggest power plant in the country with an installed capacity of 920MW.
The Government recently shortlisted 11 bidders for the expansion of Hwange and Kariba South power plants, with a winner expected to be announced in the third quarter of this year.
Extension of the Hwange Thermal Power Station will add 600MW to the national grid, while extension of the Kariba South hydro plant will add an extra 300MW.