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Hwange refurbishment gobbled $150m

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BULAWAYO: -In its bid to ease the country’s power outages, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) said it had used $150 million to bring back into operation five of the six power generating plants at the Hwange Thermal Power Station.
Only two plants have been in operation since the beginning of the year. Zesa public relations manager Fullard Gwasira yesterday said the five plants were now fully operational.
“We have managed to bring back on line five of the six plants at Hwange Thermal power Station. We expect the sixth one to be back online as soon as possible,” said Gwasira.
He said Zesa had set the end of October as the deadline for the refurbishment of all the six power generating units.
“We have invested a lot of money into this (rehabilitation) exercise. This has happened despite a background where our resources have been greatly affected by failure of consumers to pay their bills,” said Gwasira.
He said the sixth unit, funds permitting, would be operational before October this year.
The exercise, Gwasira said, had been funded to the tune of $150 million. The Ministry of Finance weighed in with $10 million towards the programme.
“We have managed to increase power output from 180 megawatts generated by the two plants early this year to about 560 megawatts. We believe this will go a long way in easing power cuts that have been the order of the day as we sought to conserve power,” Gwasira.
“We have also been rehabilitating these units using the allocation of $40 million that we got from the Namibia deal (NamPower arrangement). The completion of this rehabilitation will be a culmination of the NamPower deal which we, as Zesa, have been working on despite an order by the minister (energy) to stop power exports to Namibia,” Gwasira added.
He reiterated Zesa would fulfill its side of the contract with NamPower as failure to do so would constitute a breach of contract.

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