By Mhlomuli Ncube
THE Hwange Unit 7 and 8 Expansion Project which is nearing completion is set to transform the country’s electricity generation dynamics and guarantee the nation energy sufficiency.
On the 1st of August 2018, work began at the Hwange Unit 7 and 8 expansion projects after a groundbreaking ceremony by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The project seeks to address the national power deficit to guarantee the socio-economic well-being of the nation, amid an increase in demand for day to day electricity usage at both domestic and industrial level.
“We are going to see the completion after the construction of 2 by 600 megawatts units, each unit capable of supplying 300 megawatts. That is significant power that will be injected into the national grid.” said Engineer Forbes Chanakira, the Project Manager.
The project’s impact will also be felt across the region, enabling the nation to export power, with Zimbabweans praising their government for working hard to address a critical national need.
The Second Republic, through implementation of the National Development Strategy One, is convinced that national power targets will have been achieved by 2030.
“Energy is key enabler to the acceleration of our modernisation and industrialisation agenda as well as the sustainable socio-economic growth of our country. Today kusimudzira nyika yedu, togara tichitaura kuti nyika inovakwa nevene vayo ndokuvaka kwatiri kuita uku. ( we are building our country, as I always say the country will be built by its people and this is what we are doing )” said President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Comprising a number of systems in line with climate change issues, the project has a modernised boiler running on current technologies.
To avert environmental effects, the system uses what is known as flu gas desulfurisation plants which utilises limestone to remove Sulphur oxides which cause acid rain.
The Hwange Unit 7 and 8 Expansion Project, which is nearing completion, will go down as one of the greatest achievements under the Second Republic as the nation celebrates its 42nd independence anniversary this month.
By Mhlomuli Ncube