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Hwange Power Station 7 and 8 expansion project almost complete

The 7 and 8 expansion project at the country’s largest coal-fired power plant, Hwange Power Station, is now 61% complete, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Hwange power station is currently made up of six units but only four units are generating power for the nation while two others are affected by outdated equipment.

Government recently started a project of adding unit 7 and 8 which will add an output of 600MW to the power plant. Funding from China’s Export-Import Bank, African Export Import Bank and Standard Bank of South Africa towards this expansion project has been acquired.

Speaking at the 41st Independence celebrations on Sunday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the expansion project is now 61% complete.

“Since 2020, the Energy and Power Sector has witnessed relative stability in the supply of electricity and liquid petroleum products. Our quest to realise energy sufficiency is, therefore on course.

At the Hwange Power Station, the expansion project of Unit 7 and Unit 8, which is set to add 600 MW to the national grid, is now at 61% of completion,” President Mnangagwa said.

These two units are expected to fully start running by January 2022 with the first being commisioners in October 2021. Each unit will add an output of 300MW.

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