Munyati power station

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Munyati power station is a 100-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Midlands Province, Zimbabwe.

Location

The map below shows the location of the plant, near Munyati, Kwekwe District, Midlands Province.

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Background on Plant

Munyati power station is a five-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 100 MW. The plant was completed between 1953 and 1958, and is owned by ZESA Holdings.[1]

In February 2016 Jaguar Overseas of India was awarded a tender to repower Munyati Power Station. Both 50 MW units will be refurbished. As of 2016 the plant is generating 23 MW on average, and will have its electricity generation capacity restored to 100 MW.[2]

In August 2016, Zimbabwe's Independent newspaper reported that neither Intratek, owned by "fraudster" Wicknell Chivayo, nor Jaguar Overseas Limited (JOL) have experience with power projects, according to due diligence done by Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC). According to the Independent article, JOL has done shoddy work or been blacklisted in Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Swaziland, Ethiopia, and India. Upon investigating JOL, the ZPC team found that the company had a net work of only US$77 million, less than the value of the Munyati Repowering Project (US$113 million). The article noted that Chivayo has close personal connections with members of the Mugabe family and inner circle.[3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: ZESA Holdings Ltd
  • Parent company: ZESA Holdings
  • Location: Munyati, Kwekwe District, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates: -18.6551532, 29.7819152 (exact)
  • Status: Permitted for refurbishment
  • Gross capacity: 100 MW (Units 3-7: 20 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1953-58
  • Coal type:
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. Munyati Power Station, Zimbabwe Power Company website, accessed Sept. 2015.
  2. "Indian firm to refurbish Munyati Power Station," The Financial Gazette, Feb 4, 2016
  3. Herbert Moyo, "Zesa in US$113m fresh tender scam," Zimbabwe Independent, 12 August 2016

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