ZPC sur­passes power tar­get in Q3

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BUSINESS - Africa Moyo Se­nior Busi­ness Re­porter

ZPC sur­passed its pro­duc­tion tar­get of 2 116,99GWh in the pe­riod un­der re­view by 19,10 per­cent. The per­for­mance was 24,21 per­cent above the out­put achieved in the same pe­riod last year. ZPC said the pos­i­tive achieve­ment is at­trib­ut­able to in­creased elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion at Kariba Power Sta­tion, fol­low­ing a spike in wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion by the Zam­bezi River Au­thor­ity by 3Bm3 in Au­gust.

This saw ZPC in­creas­ing the av­er­age out­put for the re­main­ing months of the year to 831MW.

On Thurs­day, Kariba was gen­er­at­ing 821MW.

Said ZPC in a third quar­ter state­ment re­leased on Thurs­day: “This (in­crease in wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions) came as a wel­come de­vel­op­ment to ZPC as it re­sulted in in­creased gen­er­a­tion at Kariba South Power Sta­tion, which now has a gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of 1050MW ow­ing to the re­cent com­mis­sion­ing of the 2 X 150MW ad­di­tional units.”

For the year to date, ZPC sent out 6342,54GWh, sur­pass­ing the tar­get for the pe­riod by 4,92 per­cent.

In the third quar­ter, ZPC started works at two of its pro­jects — the Hwange Ther­mal Power Sta­tion Ex­pan­sion and the Deka Up­grade, which were both in­cor­po­rated into the Rapid Re­sults Ini­tia­tive (RRI).

RRI is a Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive that seeks to achieve tan­gi­ble re­sults and ac­cel­er­ate re­sults — pro­duc­ing and mo­men­tum — build­ing pro­jects within 100 days or less.

The ex­pan­sion of Hwange Ther­mal Power Sta­tion, where two brand new units — 7 and 8 — will be added, of­fi­cially kicked off on Au­gust 1, set­ting the stage for in­creased power gen­er­a­tion.

Com­mence­ment works at Hwange, which in­clude ex­ca­va­tions and de­sign re­views, are on­go­ing.

The scope of ma­jor works for the Hwange Ex­pan­sion project re­quires con­struc­tion of a new pow­er­line that shall en­croach in sev­eral ru­ral and peri-ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties be­tween Hwange and Bu­l­awayo.

In line with ZPC’s value of uplift­ing the wel­fare of com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates, the com­pany is ex­pected to im­ple­ment a Re­set­tle­ment Ac­tion Plan that seeks to re­set­tle and com­pen­sate those af­fected by the con­struc­tion of the new pow­er­line for units 7 and 8.

On com­ple­tion in the next 42 months, a com­bined 600MW will be gen­er­ated and fed into the na­tional grid from the two units.

ZPC says as part of con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing its op­er­a­tions and ob­serv­ing qual­ity stan­dards, the com­pany is con­tin­u­ally ex­plor­ing var­i­ous meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies that have the po­ten­tial to trans­form their op­er­a­tions.

Cur­rently, the com­pany is look­ing into Plasma Ig­ni­tion Tech­nol­ogy for its ther­mal power sta­tions.

The in­no­va­tion is ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency and re­duce emis­sions.

ZPC said as the year 2018 draws to a close, the com­pany will con­tinue mak­ing strides towards en­sur­ing that all its power pro­jects are a “re­sound­ing suc­cess and ac­com­plish our ul­ti­mate goal of achiev­ing self-sus­te­nance in elec­tric­ity as we power Zim­babwe into the fu­ture”.

In the third quar­ter, ZPC recorded four lost time in­juries.

ZPC’s cu­mu­la­tive loss time in­jury fre­quency rate (LTIFR) for the third quar­ter stands at 2,35, which is within the com­pany’s tar­get limit of 3,0.

The Zim­babwe Power Com­pany (ZPC) says power gen­er­a­tion in the third quar­ter of the year re­mained stable, with 2 521,27 Giga Watts hour (GWh) be­ing sent out.

ZPC sur­passed its pro­duc­tion tar­get of 2 116,99GWh in the pe­riod un­der re­view by 19,10 per­cent

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