BULAWAYO — The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has shut down Bulawayo Power Station after water leaks at one of its emergency feed lines, taking more than 40 megawatts (MW) off the national grid and compounding the city’s power shortages.
“The station was shut down . . . to attend to leaks on the emergency feed water line and various defects in the demineralisation plant,” the company said.
Bulawayo station was mothballed for more than 10 years and brought back to service in 2011 when power shortages intensified, but is only producing around 40MW from its installed capacity of 90MW.
Zimbabwe has two other small thermal power stations in Harare and Munyati near Kwekwe in central Zimbabwe.
Like other power stations, the Bulawayo station’s generating capacity has been constrained by ageing equipment.
— The Source