Govt acquires funds for Byo Power Station refurbishment

Source: Govt acquires funds for Byo Power Station refurbishment – Sunday News August 7, 2016

Robin Muchetu, Senior Reporter
THE refurbishment of the Bulawayo Thermal Power Station at a cost of $87 million will begin in two months’ time as the Government has received funding for the project.

This was said by Energy and Power Development Deputy Minister Tsitsi Muzenda last week.

“The $87 million is there already from the Government. It is our hope as a ministry that work will start in two months’ time at the station,” said Deputy Minister Muzenda.

The refurbishment will see an additional 90 megawatts (MW) being channelled into the national grid and is expected to be completed in 2018 as the country forges ahead with efforts to reduce power deficit.

Bulawayo United Residents Association chairman Mr Winos Dube is on record saying the additional power output from the station is a welcome development which will improve availability of power.

The proposed project will involve replacing existing chain grate boilers with CFBC boilers and the refurbishment of turbo-alternators and Balance of Plant (BOP).

The entire plant is estimated to require approximately 11 million litres of raw water per day for power generation and it is proposed that this water be abstracted from Khami Dam.

A 20 kilometre long pipe line from Khami Dam is going to be constructed to the Bulawayo Power Station so that there is constant supply of water.

Apart from Bulawayo, the country has two other small thermal power stations in Harare and Munyati near Kwekwe.
Like other power stations, the Bulawayo station’s generating capacity has been constrained by aging equipment.

In 2013, Zimbabwe Power Company approached the Indian government to fund refurbishment of the thermal power station.

The thermal power station was commissioned in the 1950s as an undertaking by the Bulawayo Municipality. It was transferred to Zesa in 1987 after the amalgamation of all the local authority electricity undertakings, the Electricity Supply Commission, thermal power stations at Munyati and Hwange and the Central African Power Corporation station at Kariba.


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    amina 6 years ago

    During the Smith Regime almost every city had a power station such as Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare but Mugabe due to incompetence destroyed all . Big companies like Hwange Colliery, Hippo Valley Estate, Zisco Steel, Munyati Power station in Kwekwe. All these were supplying power to the national grid or meeting local consumption and also generating revenue. Now that they are trying to revamp the same assets and seem like they are doing us a favor. If elections have been free and fair, there would not even be RGM to even think of now, Zimbabwe would have progressed well.

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    C Frizell 6 years ago

    Hmmm So they say they have $87 million? I doubt that very much. But possibly it could be a Build, Supply, Operate deal where no money has to be coughed up?

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    william mills 6 years ago

    One way or the other , if the job matures and goes to procurement and construction at least half of the value will be stolen. I have many other jobs to offer as evidence that this is the way it is done in southern Africa.

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    nelson moyo 6 years ago

    We will believe this story about power – when the Bulawayo power station starts to generate power – and not before

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    spiralx 6 years ago

    More coal burning. And it is now clear that to avoid the worst outcomes of global warming, all coal burning has to cease, planet-wide, by 2030.