The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has set out an ambitious target of just over 9 000 gigawatts of electricity during 2015. The state utility generates its power from the Hwange thermal power station, the Kariba Hydro-electric power station and three smaller thermal power stations – located in the cities of Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo.
ZPC’s managing director, Noah Gwariro was reported saying that the projected output is 9 799.06 GWh – up from the 9 766.39 GWh target in 2014.
The utility has shown steady, incremental improvements over the last two years, resulting in its confidence to increase its energy output target. Gwariro stated that ZPC will continue its maintenance efforts for the year, including routine inspections on its power stations.
Rectifying power shortages
The Zimbabwean government has begun to implement several projects including the expansion the Kariba and Hwange power stations to cover the shortfall in generation in order to meet peak demand.
Additional units to be built at Kariba and Hwange will add an additional 900MW to the grid. Zimbabwe and the Zambian government are also working on the build of the Batoka gorge power station for the sharing of 1 600MW of power between the two neighbouring countries.