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Hwange expansion project on course

03 Dec, 2019 - 00:12 0 Views

The Herald

Expansion work at Hwange  Thermal Power Station now stands at 25 percent, 14 months into the  project which will add 600 megawatts into the national grid by 2022.

The $1,5 billion project, being carried out by Chinese firm Sino Hydro,  entails the addition of two power generating units, unit 7 and 8 to the  existing 6 units that were commissioned between 1983 and 1987.

Along with many others at various stages of implementation, the project  is part of Zimbabwe’s efforts to find sustainable solutions to power  shortages that are retarding industrial growth and bedevilling the  economy at large.

In an update, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) said most excavation  work had been completed including for the cooling tower, the boiler  house and the chimney.

“We have completed all the excavations up to foundation level for  Hwange 7 and 8,” the ZPC said.

“As of  November, we have done fourteen months into our  schedule. Our current progress — we are around 25 percent and we are on  target in terms of what we had planned to achieve up to month 14, we are  currently on schedule.”

The whole project will take up to 42 months to complete, but unit 7 is  expected to start firing by April 2021 while unit 8 would follow later  on.

Hwange Power Station is Zimbabwe’s largest coal-fired power generator  with production capacity of 920 MW.

But because of old age, the plant’s current dependable capacity is  around 600 megawatts.

In addition to the Kariba South Hydro-power Extension Project, which  was completed in March 2018, the Hwange expansion project is expected to  substantially add to the national power grid and lift the nation out of  the current power woes.

Zimbabweans are having to endure long hours of load shedding every day  due to depressed generation capacity and limited ability to import power  from regional neighbours. — New Ziana.

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