Zimbabwe’s power generation declines from 1 200 to 797 megawatts

Zimbabwe’s power generation has further declined to 797 megawatts from an average of about 1 200MW due to ageing equipment at the country’s power stations.

According to the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), as of Friday last week, Hwange Thermal Power Station was generating 243MW while Kariba Hydropower Station was producing 500MW against an installed capacity of 750MW while other plants in Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati thermal power stations were producing 36MW, 18MW and 0MW respectively.

As a result Government has embarked on a programme to upgrade the Hwange Thermal Power plant installing additional units, 7 and 8 among other projects. In the 2016 national budget, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said China had committed to provide a $1,2 billion loan for the refurbishment of the Hwange thermal power.

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