ZIMBABWE POWER UTILITY MISSES OUTPUT TARGET
Last Updated: 2017-08-11
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HARARE, Aug 11 (NNN-NEW ZIANA) -- The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has announced that electricity generated in the second quarter of 2017 was five per cent below target because of inadequate coal supplies for its thermal power stations and continued water conservation measures at Lake Kariba where the Kariba hydro-electric dam is located.

ZPC generates electricity from the Hwange Thermal Power Station, the Kariba hydro-power station and three small coal-fired power stations -- Munyati in Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo.

“ZPC sent out a total of 1,789.80 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy against a target of 1,902.76GWh (during the quarter),” ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro said in a performance update issued here Thursday.

“The production target for the period was missed by 5.94 per cent due to inadequate coal supplies at the small thermal power stations, water conservation measures at Lake Kariba, as well as numerous boiler tube leaks and outages at Hwange Power Station.”

Meanwhile, Gwariro said notable headway had been registered on power expansion projects, with progress on the Kariba South Extension Project, for example, standing at 91 per cent. The project remains on course for commissioning in December 2017.

“The Hwange 7 and 8 project is progressing well. The project parties (ZPC and Sinohydro Corporation Limited) are finalising the conditions precedent of the main funding loan of $998m from the Export Import Bank of China. ZPC has cleared most of its conditions precedent. Meanwhile, Sino-hydro have initially subscribed for their 36 per cent shareholding in the project company, Hwange Electricity Supply Company Private Limited,” he added. -- NNN-NEW ZIANA