Kariba Power Station expansion 39% complete

THE Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) says expansion of Kariba Power Station, expected to add 300 megawatts into the national grid, is now 39% complete.


The $533 million expansion project, which includes development costs to be met by ZPC, is being undertaken by a Chinese firm, Sino Hydro and is targeted for completion by 2018.

To date, China Exim Bank has disbursed about $100 million, which is the project’s first tranche under the engineering procurement contract (EPC) valued at $354 million.

According to a paper presented at a consultative meeting in Bulawayo recently, ZPC said a number of projects it was carrying out were on course.

“The Zimbabwe Power Company is undertaking a number of projects to address power challenges in the country. With the Kariba extension project, the construction in on schedule and is now 39% complete,” said ZPC executive assistant Douglas Chingoka.

Kariba Dam Open Gates

Last year, ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro, disclosed that the power generation company had completed the drilling and blasting of four access tunnels. He said drilling and blasting was in progress to create the underground powerhouse and the head race tunnels, which would direct water from the lake to the turbines.

On the Hwange extension project, Chingoka said the initial activities were in progress and working towards financial closure for the main engineering, procurement and construction works. The project, if completed, would add 600MW into the national grid.

On the Batoka project which is expected to add 1 200MW, Chingoka said feasibility studies were in progress.

Chingoka said scoping studies for stage one units and stage twoturbines were concluded at the Hwange plant. The project would add 920MW when completed.

ZPC is also running solar projects around the country. Chingoka said EPC contracts were signed for the three projects’ sites and feasibility studies were in progress.

Since Friday last week, ZPC was generating 718MW against the national demand of about 2 200MW.

Hwange and Kariba were producing 325MW and 315MW respectively.

Harare, Munyati and Bulawayo were generating combined electricity of 78MW.

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  1. As for Kariba South Extension people should pray for good rains in the coming seasons otherwise it will be a white elephant. People should also be mindful that it is generators that are being added not the lake being expanded.

  2. 39% is not like 61%, its not even half, why say 39% complete when its on the wrong side of 50%?

  3. Hwange Thermal has always been the main culprit all along but its inefficiencies were being covered up by Kariba Power Station.Now that Kariba power station`s output is being affected by the current drought,Hwange Thermal`s shortcomings have now been fully exposed.
    Rarely has Hwange Thermal,rated at 920MW,produced more than 50% of this.When the new units that are going to add 600MW are up and running,its best to shut down all the old,tired and obsolete generating units and replace them with new state of the art units.Repairing them is not an option.

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  5. Sometime last year, the papers made headlines with 3 companies which got tenders to improve our power situation. What has happened to those 3 companies? We never heard anything after they were announced…Was it another hoax????

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