Hwange Unit 7 installation today

Staff Reporter

The current power outages will soon be a thing of the of the past as Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) today installs and synchronizes Unit 7 at Hwange Power Plant into the national grid.

Southern African Development Committee (SADC) member states have been grappling with power outages resulting in lengthy load shedding hours.

Industries have been affected in the region, decimating capacity utilisation which saw captains of industry offloading the burden of extra costs that come with the use of alternative energy to the consumers.

Meanwhile, ZPC notified: “On Monday the 20th of March 2023, ZPC will begin the process of synchronising the Hwange Expansion Project’s Unit 7 into the national grid.”

The development comes ahead of the Fourth Edition of the International Renewable Energy Conference and Expo from the 21st to the 24th of March 2023 in Victoria Falls at Elephant Hills Hotel. President Emmerson MNANGAGWA is set to deliver a keynote address at the event, which will speak to Government’s policy position, plan of action and roadmap in harnessing alternative energy sources.

Government remains committed to dealing with the power scourge that has ravaged the region. The use of alternative energy is thus imperative as hydro-electricity generation has proven to be less reliable as the demand for power continues to increase due to rapid industrialisation taking place in Zimbabwe.

Social commentator, Velempini Tjiyapo applauded ZPC urging the power utility to continuously engage members of the public on every step it takes.

“Well done so far. Synchronise the HPS Unit 7 machine and tell us when you are done with tests and studies. Also engage the public after you eventually put the machine on commercial production,” said Tjiyapo.