HARARE-- China has released the one billion US dollars funding it is making available for the expansion of Zimbabwe's Hwange power station in Matabeleland North Province, in northwestern Zimbabwe, paving way for expansion work to begin, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The expansion project, to be undertaken by a Chinese firm, Sino-Hydro, will add 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid when completed. Currently, the coal-fired station has six units with an installed
capacity of 920 MW.
The release of the funds followed the successful visit to China by President Mnangagwa in April where Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to avail the funding for various infrastructural projects in Zimbabwe.
When we went to China, we got $1 billion (for Hwange 7 and 8) that (money) was released this week for drawdown, the president said Thursday during a visit to Gweru oin Midlands Orivince.
The Hwange Power Station was built in two stages, with the first four units commissioned between 1983 and 1986 while the remaining two were commissioned in 1986 and 1987. It is the largest coal-fired power station in the country.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK