The expected life of thermal power station is twenty-five years. With Hwange Power Station more than 30 years now, it has outlived its design life and therefore there is need to carry out extensive life extension works. The project is aimed at refurbishment and life extension of Hwange Power Station Units 1 – 6, increasing their expected life span by 20 - 25 years.

Location   : Hwange, Matebeleland North, Zimbabwe
Generation Classification : Coal fired
Project Description  : Brownfield
Additional Capacity  :Revival of existing capacity to 900MW
Estimated Construction Period : 5 years
Transmission works  : Not significant
Estimated Project Cost  : USD 450 million
National Project Status  :  Not yet Applied For

Status: Scoping studies were done. An application for USD310 million line of credit to Government of India was made. ZPC awaits outcome of that funding application. Meanwhile procurement for Stage I and Stage II Boiler/Turbo-Generator sets work plus part of Balance of Plant (BOP) is being processed – the scope is already defined.

Plasma Ignition combustion technology is to be adopted as part of the life extension project. Plasma technology uses a plasmatron to ignite fuels, it will ignite pulverised fuel (ground coal) directly to minimise fuel oil (diesel) usage for boiler start up and flame stabilisation processes.

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