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Hwange power station now working at full capacity

Hwange power station now working at full capacity

By Lance Guma
12 July 2011

The was some good news for Zimbabweans this week following reports that 
Hwange Power Station (HPS) is now operating at full capacity, for the first 
time in 10 years. All six generators at the plant are said to be working at 
‘full throttle’.

A report in the NewsDay newspaper quotes HPS General Manager Ndabezinhle 
Mphoko saying, “our highest peak was attained in June this year when we 
produced 727 megawatts.”
Despite the dramatic improvement electricity load shedding will continue, 
with officials saying demand is still outstripping supply. The country is 
now able to produce 1400 megawatts but the national demand stands at 1800 
megawatts and is expected to rise to 2000 megawatts as winter temperatures 
continue to plunge.

This year in February the country experienced extended power cuts following 
the complete shutdown of the Hwange thermal plant. ZESA blamed a series of 
faults on the regional power grid and said the plant had experienced 25 
‘instant shut downs’ which caused damage to equipment.
Last week it was reported Finance Minister Tendai Biti had advanced nearly 
US$32 million towards the rehabilitation of power stations in the country in 
a bid to increase energy output. US$26 million of this went into the 
rehabilitation of the Hwange power station.


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