The Zimbabwe Power Company, a ZESA subsidiary, has released a statement concerning the planned demolition of cooling towers 1 and 2 at Bulawayo Power Station. Part of the statement reads:
[A survey carried out] revealed that Cooling Towers 1 and 2 have outlived their design life and manifest advanced symptoms of deterioration including holes and cracks right through their hyperbolic shells which compromises structural and functionality integrity thus posing a safety risk.
As such, the structures need to be removed to safeguard the general public, power station personnel, electricity generation equipment, buildings, functional cooling towers, and neighbouring companies.
While ZPC appreciates the sentimental attachment towards the iconic towers by Bulawayo residents, demolition eliminates and ameliorates the aforementioned hazards thereby ensuring continued electricity generation in a safe environment, and the full restoration of “Kontuthu Ziyathunqa”…
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