hwange1.jpgMore than 10 firms have been shortlisted for the expansion projects at Hwange Thermal Power Station and Kariba Hydro-power Station with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) having targeted to increase power generation by 2015.

Presenting oral evidence to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy in Harare, ZPC Managing Director, Mr Noah Gwariro said the firm has shortlisted more than 10 firms for Kariba and Hwange power generation plants.

Mr Gwariro indicated that the second phase of tendering will be complete soon to pave way for the rolling out of the expansion projects.

“Our plan is to improve the current output from Munyati, Bulawayo and Harare. We should be able to produce 90 megawatts in Bulawayo, 100 megawatts at Munyati and 60 megawatts in Harare,” he said.

The firm has targeted to increase power generation by September 2015, while the Kariba expansion programme is anticipated to end in 2016.

Zimbabwe still owes Namibia US$18 million under the NAMPOWER deal which is paid through the exportation of power at US3,8 cents per kilowatt per hour.

ZPC is owed US$270 million by its sister firm, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a situation that has been cited as hampering efforts of increasing power generation.