Byo Power Sta­tion up­grade un­der­way

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

THE re­fur­bish­ment of the Bu­l­awayo Power Sta­tion is un­der way with geotech­ni­cal sur­veys, ex­ca­va­tions and core drilling mark­ing the start of the multi-mil­lion dol­lar project.

Up­grad­ing the ther­mal sta­tion is ex­pected to cost $87 mil­lion and will in­crease gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity to 90MW from an av­er­age 30MW upon com­ple­tion in 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the Zim­babwe Power Com­pany (ZPC) the pre­lim­i­nary stages of the project be­gan on Fri­day and should end next month. The fund­ing for the project has been se­cured by the Gov­ern­ment from In­dia Exim Bank. As­con Africa has been con­tracted to carry out the ini­tial geotech­ni­cal sur­vey.

Un­der the project, ZPC will re­ha­bil­i­tate the Khami wa­ter treat­ment plant and in­stal a pipe­line link­ing the power sta­tion and the dam. ZPC would then re­cover the cost of th­ese works through a struc­tured cost re­cov­ery sys­tem to be agreed upon by both par­ties.

Dur­ing a tour of Khami Dam last Fri­day, ZPC Bu­l­awayo plant man­ager, En­gi­neer To­mas Tshuma, said re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would be com­plete in two years.

“Right now we haven’t started be­cause there’s a ten­der process that is still go­ing on in In­dia and when it’s done, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will be­gin. We’re also look­ing at com­plet­ing this project in 24 months af­ter its com­mence­ment,” he said.

“Af­ter the re­fur­bish­ment, the plant will add 90 megawatts (MW) to the na­tional grid. The en­tire plant is es­ti­mated to re­quire ap­prox­i­mately 11 mil­lion litres of raw wa­ter per day for power gen­er­a­tion. The wa­ter, which will be used for power gen­er­a­tion will be ab­stracted from Khami Dam.”

Ap­proval for ZPC to ex­tract raw wa­ter was granted by the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil ear­lier this year.

The pipe­line to be con­structed is es­ti­mated to be 20km long, from Khami Dam to Bu­l­awayo Power Sta­tion. The pipe­line route will run from Khami Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant up to Khami Prison Road where it will turn and run on the left side of the prison up to the junc­tion with Khami Road.

It will con­tinue par­al­lel to Khami Road to the in­ter­sec­tion of Old Khami Road and Basch Street, and di­vert into Bu­l­awayo Power Sta­tion and ter­mi­nate at the power sta­tion reser­voirs.

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