Harare power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Harare power station is a 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. The project is planned to be completed in 2018, adding 90 MW to the national grid.[3]

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]

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; derated to 20 MW), Unit 3: 60 MW (original; now 30 MW)[1]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Unit 1: 1942 (retired 1970); Unit 2: 1955; Unit 3: 1956-1957[1]
  • Projected in service: 2018 (refurbishment)
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: Export-Import Bank of India originally planned to provide 85% of project costs; this was subsequently rejected by the bank

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Harare Power Station," Zimbabwe Power Company, accessed Sep 2016
  2. "Indian firm to refurbish Munyati Power Station," The Financial Gazette, Feb 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

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