Hwange Unit 7 and 8 expansion project on course

Hwange Unit 7 and 8 expansion project on course

By Mhlomuli Ncube

THREE hundred megawatts of electricity are set to be added to the national grid following the completion of the Hwange Unit Seven expansion project.

Unit seven is expected to be switched on to the national grid in November after the commissioning of various subsystems that make up the power plant.

The project is set to transform the national power dynamics once complete.

“We have commissioned systems such as the water treatment plant, the auxiliary boiler, and the station transformer which is essential for auxiliary power required to run various systems.

“We are in the process as we speak of commissioning the coal handling system which is responsible for the management of the coal as well as conveyance of the coal to the boilers to produce the steam required for us to be able to produce power,” said Engineer Forbes Chanakira, the project manager.

The most critical components have also been tested.

“As we speak, we have also run the cooling tower and I am sure we have seen our social media platforms with the water coming up from the cooling tower and that is a very positive development indeed in as far as the commissioning of Unit Seven is concerned.”

The Hwange Thermal Power Station Unit Seven and Eight expansion project is one of the Second Republic’s flagship projects as the country targets to achieve an upper middle-income society by 2030.

The development comes as the country continues to make strides in ensuring self-reliance in terms of power generation and positioning itself to become a power exporter in the region.