Approximately US $199m has been drawn down by Zimbabwe for the expansion of the Hwange Thermal (HPS), Power Station in an effort to increase the generation of local electricity.
Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) public relations executive Ms Fadzai Chisveto, confirmed the reports and said that the US $199m draw down was done in May this year.
“The project, which officially commenced on the 1st of August 2018 is set to be completed in approximately 42 months. Major works of the expansion project will include construction of a new generation plant and new transmission lines to support it,” she said.
The expansion of the Hwange Thermal Power Station
The expansion of the power station will contribute 300MW, to the national grid each from the two units 7 and 8 that will be added. This will increase Hwange Thermal Power Station capacity to 1 520MW.
The project which attained National Project Status in 2011,is being co- implemented by ZPC through its special purpose vehicle Hwange Electricity Supply Company (HESCO) and the Engineering, Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor, Sinohydro Pvt Limited of China.
Sinohydro has since started work on the project with excavation works and construction of foundations for the contractor’s camp, administration offices, electro mechanical warehouse, batching plant and the plant areas.
The expansion project is being undertaken concurrently with the upgrading and rehabilitation of the Deka pumping station which will supply water required at HPS for the installation and commissioning of the two new power generation units – units 7 and 8. This in return will benefit not only the Hwange community but the whole country through creation of local employment opportunities, boosting local business through contracting, enabling economic growth, skills transfer to locals, reduction of electricity imports and general improvement in living standards of the Hwange community