In Southern Africa, the Hwange Power Station general manager Arnold Chivurayise last week stated that Zimbabwe’s coal-fired facility is experiencing a deficit of 3,000 tonnes of coal every day. This is due to mines failing to supply adequate feedstock, citing concerns over capitalising their operations.
Coal-fired plant consumes 8,000 tonnes of coal
Hwange Power Station consumes 8,000 tonnes of coal daily but miners have only managed to supply an average of 3,500 tonnes leaving power generation under threat.
Chivurayise confirmed the situation, during a tour made by Parliamentarians assessing the operations of the country’s power plants, The Herald reports.
He said: “We consume an average of 8 000 tonnes of coal a day, but we…[have] challenges with our miners, who are mainly complaining about capitalising their operations.
“We currently get an average of 3,500 tones. Every day, we are accumulating a deficit of 3,000 tones and this is a threat to electricity generation.”
Owned and operated by the public utility ZESA, Hwange Power Station is the largest coal-fired power station with 920MW installed capacity, which consists of 4×120 MW and 2×220 MW units, situated in the northwest of Zimbabwe.
“Traditionally, we were running with stockpile reserves of 45 days, but we are currently running on 20 days. We are getting most of the coal from Makomo Resources, out of the three mines who supply us,” Chivurayise said.
Hwange Power Station expansion
Additionally, Chivurayise stated that since the announcement of the expansion, the company has signed a contract of $1.5 billion with Sinohydro but to date, only a total of $3 million has been combined for initial works.
According to The Herald, Sinohydro Corporation is expected to add 600MW of electricity at the Hwange plant as well as a transmission line.
Chivurayise said Sinohydro has done the geo-technical studies and the Zimbabwe Power Company is working towards financial closure before end of January 2016.
Hwange Power station operates as a base load station, with its availability averaging 80% and a plant load factor of 65%.