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.
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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”…