ZPC misses power generation target, blames recurring units break down

Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) reports that it fell short of its 2,490GWh fourth quarter output target for 2022 by 30,96% to 1,719GWh, and that its annual energy output fell 7,29% short of the target.

KARIBA – Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) reports that it fell short of its 2,490GWh fourth quarter output target for 2022 by 30,96% to 1,719GWh, and that its annual energy output fell 7,29% short of the target.

According to a ZPC update for the fourth quarter of 2022, the Hwange Power Station’s ageing units were constantly breaking down and there wasn’t enough money to import energy.

In addition, the Kariba Hydropower Station is said to have used more water to supplement the coal-fired Hwange Power Stations’ low output.

This circumstance caused a drop in the amount of water in Lake Kariba that is accessible for power generation, requiring the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) to reduce the station’s capacity to an average of 250 MW, resulting in an increase in load shedding for the time under review.

“In the period under review, ZPC produced 1,719GWh, falling short of its quarterly goal of 2,490GWh by 30,96 percent due to numerous forced outages.

“The power generation utility missed its 9,111GWh annual energy sent out target for 2022 by 7,29 percent,” said ZPC.

ZPC dilemma to meet Zimbabwe electricity demand

ZRA allotted 22,5Bm3 of water to the Kariba Hydropower Plant for electric production during the period under review, which is comparable to an average generation capacity of 606MW.

Bulawayo, Munyati, and Harare’s small thermal power plants combined to produce 31,33GWh of electricity, falling 55,45% short of the quarterly target of 70,32GWh.

“The thermal stations’ failure to attain scheduled generation levels in the fourth quarter of 2022 was caused by the incessant plant challenges and limited coal supplies which led to a reduction in power generation,” it said.

The largest thermal power plant in Zimbabwe, Hwange Power Station, produced an average of three units throughout the quarter as opposed to the five units that were intended by the production schedule for 2022.

Due to this, the thermal power plant fell short of its quarterly energy output goal.

Unit 5 at Hwange is currently waiting for a life extension, which is anticipated to start in the second quarter of this year.

In the meantime, Zimbabwe is producing 764MW compared to a requirement of between 1 500MW and 1 700MW at the national level, according to data provided by ZPC on Monday.

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