Zimbabwe targets production of 9,000GW of electricity by 2015

powersupply-lleewu-flickrZimbabwe’s power utility Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has set a target of producing 9,000GW of electricity in 2015

According to Noah Gwariro, managing director of ZPC, the projected output is 9,799.06GWh, up from 9,766.39GWh in 2014.

The landlocked southern African nation primarily produces power from the Hwange thermal power station, Kariba hydroelectric power station and three other thermal power units located in Kwekwe, Harare and Bulawayo.

ZPC has been trying to improve existing facilities over the last two years and conducts routine inspections across all power stations to ensure smooth functioning, stated Gwariro.

In addition, the Zimbabwean government has been implementing projects to expand the Kariba and Hwange power stations so that they can cover peak demand. Recently, the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority (Zera) granted Hwange Electricity Supply Company a licence to construct, operate and maintain Hwange Power Station Stage III that would generate and supply electricity.

Additional units are being planned at Kariba and Hwange to add 900MW to the grid. Zambia is also supporting Zimbabwe in increasing electricity supply by working on the Batoka power station, which would enable the sharing of 1,600MW of power between the two nations.

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