Massive progress in Hwange Expansion project

By Mhlomuli Ncube

Massive progress has been made in the construction of the Hwange Unit 7 and 8 power transmission line which will transmit power to Bulawayo’s Insukamini substation.

As the Hwange Unit 7 and 8 expansion project continues to take shape, construction of the transmission and distribution infrastructure is now at a crucial stage.

Power to be generated from two 300 megawatt units will be transmitted to consumers, hence the construction of the 350 km transmission line.

875 towers should be between here and Bulawayo. So far we have installed 781 transmission towers which means we are left with a deficit of about 94 transmission towers. In terms of the transmission line, the total length is 1 118km and we have done 900km, so we are left with about 280kms of the transmission line,” said Project Manager, Engineer Forbes Chanakira.

The power line is expected to be ready before the electricity generation units are fired up in November this year.

The Hwange Unit 7 & 8 expansion project is expected to contribute to the country’s energy self-sufficiency adding 600 Megawatts to the national grid.

The project is also a major milestone under the Second Republic in the national development agenda and attaining an upper middle in-come society by 2030.