The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has engaged an Indian firm, Water and Power Consultancy Services (Wapcos), to work on the Hwange Thermal Power Station as part of efforts to boost electricity supply, spokesperson for the utility, Fullard Gwasira, has said.
“We are optimistic that there will be consistency in supply out of Hwange Power Station by the end of the first quarter of this year, followed by a gradual increase through the year,” Gwasira said.
“We have engaged a blended team from India and Zimbabwe under the management of Wapcos — a highly respected Indian-based organisation in the energy field to work on the station. This team will be on-station early in February.”
Gwasira said it was important to inform customers on the realities at Hwange Power Station as supply remained erratic in spite of significant progress that has been made to stabilise supply last year.
“We still need to undertake major works on the raw water supply line from the Zambezi River.
Work on the two large raw-water reservoirs at the station is already underway,” Gwasira said.
He said the fifth unit at Kariba should be on the grid soon, with the sixth returning to service by mid-January.
“This should bring the country back to a normal load-shedding regime by the middle of the month,” he said.
Gwasira said three small thermal stations — Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo — would be brought back into service during the first quarter of the year.
Efforts were also being made to increase the importation of additional power from the region, he said.
The only way to close the demand-supply gap was to build extra generation capacity, which would take at least three-and-a-half years from the time funding is secured, he said.