9 November 2012 – Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) is in the 2ndphase of implementing the Hwange 7 and 8 expansion project, which is expected to start sometime during 2013, thus adding an extra 600 MW onto Zimbabwe’s power grid.
Hwange power station has an installed capacity of 920MW, with four 120 MW units having been built between 1983 and 1986. Two 220MW units were commissioned in 1986 and 1987. Hwange operates as a base load power station and meets about 50% of the electricity needs of Zimbabwe.
In addition to the Hwange expansion ZPC has embarked on the Gairezi project in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe whereby it is establishing a 30MW hydro power station on the Gairezi River. ZPC has also embarked on an intensive training program for senior operators at Hwange power station to improve and maintain the levels of service. A group of 10 plant operators from Hwange power station were recently sent off to India for simulator training which is meant to enhance their skills, and give them exposure on how other power stations are run.
Hwange power station, the largest coal fired power station in Zimbabwe, and the 14thlargest in the region, was recently awarded the ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems certificate.