Hwange power project

ZPC to re­cruit 100+ work­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Oliver Kazunga

THE Zim­babwe Power Com­pany (ZPC) in­tends to re­cruit more than 100 work­ers on a fixed term con­tract of up to 36 months for the Hwange Ther­mal Power Sta­tion ex­pan­sion project.

In March this year, Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa of­fi­ci­ated at the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the $1,5 bil­lion Unit 7 and 8 ex­pan­sion project ex­pected to pro­duce an ad­di­tional 600 megawatts.

The two units will each gen­er­ate 300MW of elec­tric­ity to be fed into the na­tional grid while rais­ing Hwange Power Sta­tion’s in­stalled ca­pac­ity to 1 520MW from the cur­rent 920MW.

“The com­pany is now on the ex­e­cu­tion stage of the 600MW Hwange Power Sta­tion ex­pan­sion project. We are there­fore invit­ing suit­ably qual­i­fied and mo­ti­vated per­sons for the var­i­ous va­cant po­si­tions of the project that have arisen on a fixed term con­tract ba­sis of up to 36 months,” said ZPC.

The power com­pany in­di­cated that from the 27 po­si­tions that have been cre­ated, the project re­quires en­gi­neers in ar­eas such as me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, con­trol and in­stru­men­ta­tion, qual­ity and risk as well as other ad­min­is­tra­tive jobs that in­clude lo­gis­tics.

In the past 10 years, the project could not take-off due to fund­ing con­straints af­ter Zim­babwe was frozen out of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as pun­ish­ment fo re­dis­tribut­ing the land.

Progress only started show­ing af­ter Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s State visit to China in April this year dur­ing which Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping au­tho­rised fi­nanc­ing of the power project.

The two coun­tries fur­ther deep­ened their bi­lat­eral ties by up­grad­ing them to com­pre­hen­sive, strate­gic part­ner­ship and co-op­er­a­tion, which broad­ens the scope of en­gage­ment and fund­ing of projects across all eco­nomic sec­tors.

The ex­pan­sion project has started spend­ing the $200 mil­lion first draw­down. It is hoped that af­ter the com­ple­tion of the ex­pan­sion project, there will be mas­sive so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion through in­creased sup­ply of en­ergy to the min­ing, agri­cul­tural and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors. The ex­pan­sion project is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 7 000 jobs di­rectly and in­di­rectly.

The project will be un­der­taken by Sino Hy­dro

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