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BULAWAYO Power Station is back on track following its shutdown last week for maintenance work, adding 24 megawatts (MW) to the grid.

BY MTHANDAZO NYONI

But power generation nationally remains subdued at 966MW as system disturbances continue rocking Hwange Thermal Power.

The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) last week shut down the Bulawayo Power Station, putting a potential 90MW off the national grid.

Zimbabwe is experiencing power blackouts due to problems on the national grid which has been exacerbated by aging equipment.

The country generates less than half of its 2 200MW peak demand from ageing plants, with persistent power outages crippling industry and mines and keeping households in the dark for as long as 12 hours daily.

As of Monday, ZPC was producing 966MW from all the power stations.

Hwange was producing 178MW against installed capacity of 920MW.

Kariba Power Station, the second-largest station was producing about 600MW against an installed capacity of 750MW.

Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati stations were producing a combined electricity capacity of 78MW.

The thermal power stations — Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati are currently producing 30MW, 24MW and 24MW, respectively.

This was against installed capacity of 75MW, 90MW and 100MW.

ZPC said four units (2, 4, 5 and 6) at Hwange station tripled and were taken out service.

It said station 2 at Harare station was shut down and is now awaiting the repowering project to replace the boiler technology.

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