Power Column

 Dear Stakeholders,

The year 2018 has bought with it great achievements, some of which have made it into the history books. ZPC successfully completed the Kariba South Extension Project- the first of its magnitude on record time and within the set budget. As the year 2018 progresses, ZPC has remained fully committed towards powering Zimbabwe into the future.  It is my hope that we will continue to work as a team to fulfil this mandate which is critical to the Zimbabwean economy at large.

The second quarter of 2018 was highlighted by the official ground breaking ceremony for the $1.5 billion Hwange 7 & 8 Expansion Project which was officiated by His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe, Cde. E.D Mnangagwa on 27 June 2018. This came after the first drawdown of $199 million for the project was achieved on the 31st of May 2018 and a preliminary stakeholder consultative meeting was also held on the 19th of June 2018.

The Hwange Expansion and Harare Repowering projects are being spearheaded by the OPC under the Rapid Results Initiative and both projects have been accorded National Project status. The Gairezi project was recently issued with an Environmental Impact and Assessment license by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) during the month in order to identify, predict and assess the potential impacts that may arise from the project, and propose ways of minimizing the negative ones.

In the first half of the year, ZPC has sent out a total of 3821.27GWh of energy. Going forward, the company will continue to ensure that there is a continuous and reliable supply of energy from both the hydro and thermal power stations in order to close the gap between actual and planned performance as well as reduce importation of electricity.

Kariba South Power Station was allocated 17Bm3 of water for 2018 by the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) equivalent to 450MW. The water allocation was reviewed upward by ZRA in April 2018 to 19.5Bm3 thus shifting the average annual capacity from 450MW to 514MW. The Kariba lake level increased from 483.49m at the beginning of the quarter to 486.87m at the end of June 2018.

As of 30th June 2018, ZPC had utilized 8.75Bm3 of water against a target of 9.75 for the period, thus a positive variance of 10.26%. These developments have led to an increased level of production from Kariba Power Station which, after the successful completion of the extension project now has a generation capacity of 1050MW.

ZPC recorded a total of seven (7) Lost Time Injuries for the Quarter under review. The cumulative Loss Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for ZPC for the 2nd Quarter stands at 4.26 and this comes at a time when the company has been awarded the certification to three international standards by SAZ, namely Quality, Environment and Occupational health and safety. This means we have been consistently compliant to the requirements of all the three above- mentioned standards and have therefore exhibited commitment to achieving and maintaining Zero Harm to people, environment, property and community through appropriate risk management programs.

We registered a number of achievements during the first half of the year and credit goes to all members of staff for their contributions in their various work stations and departments.

To build its future human capital capacity, the organization is still running the Scholarship Program with fifteen (15) beneficiaries having completed their college studies in June 2018. Apprenticeship and Graduate Training programs remain key instruments in building future human capital capacity and the organization continues to support such programs with 175 Apprentices and 141 Graduate Trainees having been in the system as of 30 June 2018.

As we enter the second half of the year, I look forward to the tremendous progress that we shall make and the pride that we always derive from our accomplishments. May we continue to work as a team and generate sufficient power for generations to come!