Zim adds 300MW to national grid 

Zim adds 300MW to national grid 

Source: Zim adds 300MW to national grid – DailyNews Live

STAFF WRITER      7 March 2018

HARARE – Kariba South Power Station Extension project is finally complete
with government expecting an additional 300 Megawatts (MW) to go online
this weekend, a government official said.

Energy ministry permanent secretary Patson Mbiriri said work on the
project  – which was supposed to have been finished in December 2017 – was
now complete.

“On the 10th of March, we are going to add 300MW to the national grid.
This is a rare fit in the region,” he confirmed to the national
broadcaster, pointing out that the project is presently going through a
week-long trial phase.

The power station saw two additional hydroelectric power generation units
being established on the Zimbabwean side with each contributing 150MW,
increasing the station’s total output to 1 050MW.

This has resulted in power generation capacity at the Kariba Hydro Power
Station increase to 1 050MW.

Last year, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) announced plans to start
producing more electricity on the back of improved water levels at Kariba
Dam.

This comes after the country endured power cuts almost daily in 2015 due
to a devastating drought that saw water levels declining by more than 42
percent.

The electricity situation has however, stabilised with the country hardly
experiencing power cuts, save for random fault cuts.

Construction of two new generating units at the country’s biggest power
plant to add the 300MW will come as a relief to Zimbabwe which mostly
imports its power requirement using scarce foreign exchange.

Before completion of the plant, Kariba only produced 520MW out of its
capacity of 750MW.

Peak power demand in Zimbabwe has fallen over the last decade to 1 600MW
from 2 200MW.

Zimbabwe’s economy contracted by nearly half during a 1999-2008 recession,
causing a decline in manufacturing and commercial agriculture production,
sectors that are among the largest consumers of electricity.

According to ZPC officials, Hwange Power Station’s Unit 6 is currently
undergoing a major overhaul exercise which is expected to return to
service in August this year.

Unit 3 major overhaul at Hwange was expedited in the last quarter of 2017
and annual maintenance was also conducted at all stations as per statutory
requirement.

COMMENTS

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    him 3 months

    I thought you where short of water in the river(s) feeding Kariba Would it not have made more sense to use the water, you do use in the big station, again downstream?
    Hope it does give way in the short term! It was no doubt poorly built as everything was, in the 1970’s.

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      January 3 months

      You do not know what you are talking about…This dam was built in the 50s. Downstream its Mozambique and there is Cahora Bassa Dam owned by Mozambique. I am dumbfounded by your wholesome ignorance

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    Ndonga 3 months

    January you are being too harsh with my brother Him.

    What I believe Him is proposing is than once the Kariba water passes through these new turbines is should be collected downstream in 44-gallon drums. Once collected this water should then be transported back uphill in wheelbarrows and spilled back into the Kariba dam. There it can be used a second time to help solve our troublesome electricity shortage.

    But, so as not to upset our Mozambique neighbours we should not do such a water collection after its second trip though the Kariba turbines. After this second use of the water it should be allowed to freely flow down the Zambezi River and then into the Cahora Bassa Dam. Thereafter it can flow through this dam’s turbines and then continue unhindered under the Tete bridge, then all the way to the river’s delta and then to the Indian Ocean.

    Such a good plan would overcome the stupidity and uselessness of those phantom 1970s builders castigated by Him…whoever they were…

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    Ndonga 3 months

    January you are being too harsh with my brother Him.

    What Him might be saying is than once the Kariba water passes through these new turbines is should be collected downstream in 44-gallon drums. Once collected this water should then be transported back uphill in wheelbarrows and spilled back into the Kariba dam. There it can be used a second time to help solve our troublesome electricity shortage.

    But then, so as not to upset our Mozambique neighbours we should not do such a water collection after its second trip though the Kariba turbines. After this second use of the water it should be allowed to freely flow down the Zambezi River and then enter the Cahora Bassa Dam. Thereafter it can flow through this dam’s turbines and then continue unhindered under the Tete bridge, then all the way to the river’s delta and then into the Indian Ocean.

    Such a good plan would overcome the stupidity and uselessness of those 1970s builders complained of by Him…whoever these builders were…