Deka pipeline instrumental in country’s drive towards energy self-sufficiency: Pres ED

By Mhlomuli Ncube

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has been impressed by the US$48 million upgrade of the Deka Water pumping system that will service the Hwange Power Station.

Matabeleland North Province is fast shaping into a key enabler of national economic activities, with several infrastructure development projects being implemented for the benefit of the local communities and the nation at large.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to the province this Friday saw him assessing the upgraded Deka Water pumping station and the river water intake system, which he described as critical for the country’s drive towards energy self-sufficiency.

The project will service Hwange Power Station, which is undergoing expansion through the construction of an additional two units at Hwange 7 and 8, to add 600 mega-watts onto the national power grid.

“Completion of Deka pipeline will increase water output from 3500 to 6000 cubic litres per hour of water at Hwange power plant. The project will create employment for over 300 people,” said the President.

The Deka water system project, which is funded under an Indian government facility, also confirms the strong bilateral relations that exist between the two countries.

“I thank the government of India for providing 48.1 million dollars through the India Eximbank for the project. Zim- India relations continue to grow. Zimbabwe is also a friend to all and an enemy to none. Zim has set out to realised energy self-sufficiency by 2030 but president says even before 2030, there will be energy self-sufficiency,” acknowledged the President.

The pipeline will also serve communities around the Hwange area by providing water for drinking and irrigation purposes.