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New Hwange ash plant to reduce power leakages

14/06/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter

Zimbabwe Power Company on Wednesday commissioned an ash handling plant at the Hwange Power Station in a development what will see the energy producer increase efficiency of its plants as well as reduce power leakages.

The commissioning also included handover of mobile plant equipment with the two projects costing a combined $12 million funded by the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund (ZimFund).

Hwange Power Station currently produces less than 600MW against a capacity of over 900MW.

Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge said the refurbished ash plant will increase production by reducing power leakages by 1000gigawatts.

All along, disposable waste from the plant’s turbines would accumulate along the system thereby choking the plant. But with the new ash plant, waste will now be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The plant discharges 2 045 tonnes of ash per day from its turbines.

Minister Undenge said rehabilitation of the ash plant was critical as it will ensure continuous operation of power generating units by preventing the build-up of ash in the boilers.

“This project is meant to increase reliability of electricity supply to various urban water treatment and sewerage treatment plants thereby help prevent diseases. Energy is one of the key enablers of economic recovery and thus rehabilitation of power infrastructure is a national priority,” said the Minister.

He said the project was done in two phases starting in 2013 when construction work started with replacement of pumps, cables and establishment of a control room.

The mobile plant equipment included utility compactors, hydraulic excavators, articulated water trucks and pipe trucks and will be used in handling ash and waste materials at the disposal dam.

ZimFund is bankrolled by countries from the European Union in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB).

AfDB Zimbabwe country officer, Mary Monyau, said the regional bank was committed to seeing energy projects in the country to fruition.

ZimFund local representative, Christina Landsberg, said the project was being done under the “Light up and Power” Zimbabwe.


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