The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has acquired transformers worth $6,5 million to be installed at Chertsey and Marvel substations.
The Herald reported that the assets were secured under the ZimFund, a facility that pools material and financial resources through donor communities to uplift the socio-economic facilities and amenities in Zimbabwe.
Spokesperson Fullard Gwasira, noted: “The recently acquired transformers will go a long way to ensure that a population of about two million people (in the Midlands Province), is adequately supplied with electricity.”
Gwasira said the 90 MVA transformer, to be installed at Chertsey in Gweru, has come as a huge relief to institutions like hospitals, clinics, academic centres, as well as consumers in general that have been subjected to frequent supply interruption due to lack of adequate capacity of the existing transformers.
He said the new transformers would also ensure water treatment plants and pumps, sewage reticulation and other related social amenities operate efficiently. Read more: Powering Zimbabwe’s lifting assets
Ensuring reliable power supplies
On the other hand, the 175 MVA transformer to be installed at Marvel substation, will ensure reliable power supplies to over two million consumers in Bulwayo and Matabeleland South and North Provinces.
According to Gwasira, the oldest transformer at the substation, now 51 years old has outlived its expected lifespan of 25 years.
“Bulawayo and its surrounding areas are of great importance as they are in the zone of Zimbabwe’s second largest city and they need to be accorded the importance and priority that they deserve,” said ZESA spokesperson.
Media also reported that ZimFund has availed financial resources for the installation of a 50 MVA transformer at Norton substation, a 20 MVA transformer at the Mpopoma and Criterion substation, a 2013-MVA at Mazoe substation, rehabilitation of the Seke sewer system and the installation of electricity breakers at 14 Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company sites countrywide.