Zimbabwe targeting 9 000 GigaWatts in 2015

Hwange Power Plant
Hwange Power Plant

In a bid to improve on constant power supply, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) is set to increase its production to turn over 9 000 GigaWatt-hours (GWh) during 2015.

The target set by ZPC will ensure adequate power supply in the country since one gigawatt is equal to one billion watts or 1 gigawatt equals 1 000 megawatts. This unit is often used for large power plants or power grids. .

According to ZPC’s managing director Engineer Noah Gwariro, ZPC sent out about 9 752.5 GWh, thus falling on its 2014 target by 0,15 percent. The company managed a 4,70 percent higher on total energy sent last year compared to one sent out in 2013.

The country’s main power generator plants include Hwange Thermal Power Station, Kariba Hydro-electric Power Station and three small thermal power stations, Munyati in Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo.

ZPC will be increasing its production by 0.33%, that’s from 9 766.39 GWh to 9 799.06 GWh in the year 2015.

The country have been facing power shortages as the power demand is estimated to be at 2 200MWwhich is much high with the current supply which is only 1 400MW.

The power deficit problem is being delt with currently, as the government has funded the expansion of Kariba Power Station to add two units that will add a combined 300 megawatts to the national grid on completion in 2018.

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