ADB unveils Hwange rehab project

HARARE The African Development Bank said it is funding an emergency power infrastructure rehabilitation project at Hwange Power Station to improve the provision of adequate and reliable electricity in Zimbabwe.

According to the bank, the project would consist of the rehabilitation of the Hwange Power Plant facilities, including the replacement and refurbishment of slurry pumps, booster pumps, turbine auxiliaries and induced draft fans which would lead to increased plant capacity and reliability.

Other components to be refurbished include auxiliary facilities such as the boiler plant, ash plant, coal plant, cooling water pump station at Deka and generator transformers that would result in an overall improvement in plant operations and allow capacity to increase from the current 450 megawatts (MW) to 780 MW. The objective of the project is to improve the provision of adequate and reliable power supply in an environmentally sound manner through the rehabilitation of the Hwange Power Plant (HPP) and the power transmission and distribution facilities in the country, the bank said last week.

It is hoped that the ADB project, which is expected to cost $3.62 million, would increase plant availability from around 65 to 90 percent. The ADB-funded refurbishment is part of an overall government programme to reduce rolling blackouts that have affected Zimbabwe since 2000. Energy Minister Elton Mangoma revealed earlier this month that the government has also engaged a team of experts from Indias WAPCOS who are assisting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority improve production at Hwange.

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