The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) says it has started receiving various components for the Deka project, in Matebeleland North province which is funded from a USD $48.1million Line of Credit (LOC) extended by the Government of India to the Government of Zimbabwe.
The Deka Upgradation project officially commenced on the 1st of October 2021 and is expected to be completed by 31st of March 2023.
The project scope includes the construction of a new 42 km, 960mm diameter pipeline from Deka High Lift pump station to Hwange Power Station; complete with independent cathodic protection, supply of spare pumps and motors, supply of spares for Deka Low lift and High Lift pump stations, new supervisory control and data acquisition system and field instruments, refurbishment of ZINWA Water Treatment Plant in Hwange, and provision of three tap off points for supply of raw water to the Deka community.
“The first batch of 3 555 mild steel pipes which is currently being offloaded at the Beira port is expected to arrive into the country on the 8th of July 2022, while the first consignment of 30 trucks carrying the pipes to Hwange will be cleared at Forbes Border Post this week,” said ZPC in a statement.
To date, a total of USD 13.7 million has been invested in procuring local goods and services such as surveys, general civil works, inland transportation, pipe laying and jointing, and pipe hydro testing and commissioning, thus, enormously contributing towards socio – economic development.
“The project is being implemented in parallel to the Hwange Unit 7 and 8 Expansion project, to augment supply of water at Hwange Power Station with the coming on board of the two new units which will add 600MW to the national grid,” said ZPC.