Dear Stakeholders,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Power Column.  As the year 2017 progresses, ZPC continues to strive towards powering Zimbabwe into the future.  I urge all stakeholders to continue supporting our mandate as we aim to deliver the best.

The 2017 production target has been set at 7822.05GWh, representing a 15.38% increase from the 2016 output of 6779.16GWh. The increase is attributed to the 50% increase in water allocation at Kariba Power Station to 15 billion cubic meters for the year 2017.

In order to meet our production targets, ZPC has implemented a number of strategies at the power stations.   Hwange power station’s Unit 6 is currently undergoing a major overhaul exercise which is expected to return to service in August this year.  Unit 3 major overhaul at Hwange will be expedited in the last quarter of 2017.  Annual maintenance will also be conducted at all stations as per statutory requirement.  We will also continue to engage our suppliers in order to ensure constant supply of our key resources.

Effective management of risk is crucial to the success of Zimbabwe Power Company, and as such, we are in the implementation phase of the Integrated Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Management System based on the principles of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.  The Stage 1 Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) Desktop Audit was conducted in February 2017 and a successful internal audit ran from the 6th to the 10th of March 2017.

The Kariba South Extension Project is 79% complete and on course for the commissioning of unit 7 in December 2017. 

Fundraising for the Hwange expansion project is underway, with the Government of Zimbabwe and ZPC finalizing conditions precedent for the loan drawdown from China Exim Bank.

 The local component of EPC works were completed for the Deka Pipeline. Exim Bank of India advised ZPC to retender the works following Government of India guidelines. Prequalification documents have already been prepared. Meanwhile, India Exim Bank (IEB) has appointed Mahindra Consultants to revalidate the costs of the Deka project.

The Batoka Project Investors’ Conference was held in Livingstone, Zambia, on the 30th of March 2017.  The ESIA report for the project is expected to be ready by the end of April 2017.  Feasibility Studies are still in progress for the Batoka Gorge Hydro project and expected completion is July 2017.

Fundraising for the Harare repowering project is still in progress with senior debt funds being sourced from Afrexim Bank under a ZETDC corporate loan.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again applaud our stakeholders for remaining steadfast in these trying times. We celebrate the achievements attained during the year 2016 and we trust that as we go forward we can only improve from where we left.  Your individual and collective efforts will perpetually be appreciated.