The Kariba South Power Station expansion programme is 98 percent complete with generator 8 going for test run starting this Tuesday (tomorrow) for the provision of additional 150 megawatts to the national grid.

The $533 million Kariba South expansion project with a projected output of 300 megawatts has come to an end with the commissioning of unit 8 expected anytime soon.

The project had two units that is unit 7 which was commissioned towards the end of December adding 150 megawatts to the national grid.

Unit 8 which was scheduled to be complete by March this year has been completed with test run starting tomorrow generating additional 150 megawatts.

Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) acting managing director Engineer Joshua Chirikutsi said the project is 98 percent complete and is set to be completed by the planned date of 10 March.

According to a statement by ZPC, generator number 8 will undergo a mandatory around the clock seven day test run from tomorrow to monitor its performance and functionality before it is commissioned and declared commercially available.

The existing Kariba South Power Station has an installed capacity of 750 mega watts and the coming to the grid of the two units will add 300 megawatts to a total of 1 050 megawatts thereby reducing power deficit.

Zimbabwe had been experiencing power shortages with a deficit of up to 600 megawatts which were being sourced from regional power utilities forcing the nation to spend between $7 million and $10 million weekly.

The Kariba South expansion programme is part of government’s infrastructure and utilities cluster under ZIM ASSET.