In southern Africa, Zimbabwe’s public utility Zesa has disclosed that it seeks to erect a new electricity distribution line linking Mutare and Triangle towns.
According to the company’s spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira, the utility has already invited bids from interested companies to undertake the new electricity distribution line project that will be known as Orange Groove-Triangle, reports local media.
The tender for the 300-kilometre 400kV line is said will enhance reliability and efficiency of the electricity transmission system at a cost of about $150 million.
Gwasira explained: “We are enhancing our grid…to improve quality of supply.” He added the power utility has realised that some of the existing lines have become inefficient.
Electricity distribution line –upgrade
The media also reported that Zesa is to spend $14 million in the upgrading of Alaska-Karoi line from 33kV to a 132kV.
“A lot of effort in the past few years was geared towards stabilising generation at the power stations, vis-a-vis the national grid,” Gwasira said.
He added: “ZESA is now also focusing attention to the national grid whereby we have a lot of cables which are now faulting and carrying loads which are far more than they were designed for.
“For instance, all infill housing projects in the suburbs were not catered for in the original design specification.”
Local media, the Herald, reported that in May Zesa completed the refurbishment of its power evacuation system at Kariba Power Station at a cost of about $14 million.