Harare power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Harare power station is an approximately 90-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Harare province, Zimbabwe.

It is being refurbished.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Kopje, in the Workington area of the capital city along Coventry road.

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Power station 1 was commissioned in 1942 and had a capacity of 21MW, but was decommissioned in 1970. Station 2 had an initial capacity of 75MW when it was commissioned in 1955, but it was de-rated to 20MW due to uneconomical units. With a capacity of 60MW, Power Station 3 consists of pulverized fuel-fired boilers. The station also has two large turbo-alternator machines producing 30MW each. Station 3 was commissioned in 1956-57.[1]

In 2014, Jaguar Overseas of India was awarded the tender to repower the three operating units.[2] The Harare re-powering project will cost US$70.2 million with 85 percent of the cost funded by India’s Exim Bank.

As of January 2016, the project was planned to be completed in 2018, adding 90 MW to the national grid.[3] However, in May 2016, it was reported that the Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) of India had rejected project's application for US$70.2 million in funding.[4]

As of February 2019, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) was set to commence the re-powering project for Harare Power Station (generator number 2) in the first quarter of 2019 to add 60 MW to the national grid and cut imports. ZPC secured a US$176 million loan from Afreximbank. However, of the US$176 million secured, only US$52 million was earmarked for the Harare Power Station re-powering project. The project is estimated to require US$104 million total, with the construction contract with Jaguar Overseas of India costing US$70 million. The re-powering project is expected to take two years to complete, barring unforeseen challenges. The objective of the project is to revive Harare Power Station number two, which was decommissioned in 2014, with new technology adding two boilers to replace nine boilers.[5] It is unclear whether the repowering project in fact began as scheduled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: ZESA Holdings
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Kopje, Harare province, Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates: -17.845, 31.031667 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: Unit 1: 21 MW (original, decommissioned), Unit 2: 75 MW (original, then derated to 20 MW; proposed for repowering), Unit 3: 60 MW (original, now 30 MW)[1]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Unit 1: 1942 (retired 1970); Unit 2: 1955 (decommissioned 2014); Unit 3: 1956-1957[1]
  • Projected in service: 2021 (refurbishment)
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Afreximbank

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Harare Power Station," Zimbabwe Power Company, accessed September 2016
  2. "Indian firm to refurbish Munyati Power Station," The Financial Gazette, February 4, 2016
  3. Patience Rusare, "‘Zim to export electricity by 2018’," The Patriot, January 21, 2016
  4. Phillimon Mhlanga, "Power deal faces collapse," The Financial Gazette, 12 May 2016
  5. "ZPC to start Harare re-powering project," The Herald, February 15, 2019

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