Hwange Thermal Power Station Unit 6 is set to undergo a major refurbishment that will cost US$3,6 million.
This was revealed by Energy and Power Development Deputy Minister, Magna Mudyiwa, who also said that Units 1 to 5 are currently producing 500 megawatts. Said Mudyiwa:
The current project of revamping Unit 6 is estimated to cost Euro 3,3million (US$3,6 million), while the major overhaul of Unit 3 will cost US$28 million.
There are two approaches on Hwange; the first is to bring back Unit 6 and the second is to carry out Unit 3 major overhaul.
Hwange Power Station has an installed capacity of 920 megawatts but the current generation at the plant is down to 500 megawatts due to old equipment.
This has necessitated the importation of electricity from South Africa and Mozambique as Kariba Hydro is also operating far below capacity due to low water levels.