Dinson Iron and Steel Company completes 50 MW thermal power station

Staff Reporter

The Dinson Iron and Steel Company (DISCO) has successfully completed the construction of a 50 MW thermal power station at its cutting-edge iron and steel facility in Manhize, Chirumhanzu district of Midlands province.

This addition is poised to substantially boost the power supply to the industrial complex, signalling a major leap forward in local energy capabilities.

In an interview with this publication, DISCO’s Administration Manager, Michael Wang, revealed that the thermal power plant will augment power supply at the state-of-the-art iron and steel plant.

"The new thermal power plant is a critical step towards self-reliance in energy. It complements our operations and ensures that our facility can run at optimum capacity without external power supply interruptions,” said Wang.

Wang further noted that the construction of a direct power line from Sherwood, Kwekwe, by ZESA is nearly complete at 95% and will soon provide a steady electricity flow directly to the expansive steel plant.

Adding to the company's advancements, Engineer Munashe Chihambakwe highlighted the ongoing development of an Industrial Park within the steel complex.

"We are making significant strides in building the Industrial Park, which has already attracted a variety of manufacturers eager to tap into the integrated facilities," Chihambakwe stated.

Chihambakwe’s emphasised the Park's role in fostering the beneficiation and value addition of steel, which will not only boost the industry but also generate substantial employment opportunities for locals.

Currently, DISCO provides jobs to 1500 local residents, with the iron and steel project nearing completion at 99%. The facility is expected to be officially commissioned by President Emmerson Mnangagwa by mid-June 2024.

This strategic initiative aligns seamlessly with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) and the Government's Vision 2030, aiming to position Zimbabwe as a formidable player in the global steel manufacturing industry.