The Sector Goal of the proposed project is to support the implementation of the Government's Short Term Emergency Recovery Program (STERP) through increased access to affordable and reliable electricity supply at competitive prices by the implementation of the emergency power infrastructure rehabilitation program. The objective of the project is to assist improve the provision of adequate and reliable power supply in an environmentally sound manner through the rehabilitation of the Ash Plant at HPS and the sub-transmission and distribution facilities in the country.The project will also help to improve the reliability of electricity supply to the treatment plant of the Harare city water supply and other urban water supply systems and thereby help prevent another cholera outbreak in the country. The project creates synergies with the "Emergency Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project" also financed by the ZimFund.
The project consists of five main components: (A) Rehabilitation of the Ash Handling Plant at Hwange Thermal Power Station, (B) Rehabilitation of sub-transmission and distribution facilities, (C) Conducting an Environmental and Social Audit and implementation of re-designed Environmental and Social Management Plan, (D) Project Supervision and (E) Project Accounts Auditing.
The project will help power production at Hwange. Current production is between 450MW-550MW. However with ash build up and pileup operation efficiencies will go down and the plant can be shut down if the rehabilitation of the ash plant is not undertaken. The rehabilitation of the Ash Plant will therefore mitigate the ash build up hence ensure availability of the operating plants. Service will also be restored to part of the 22000 customers that have been discontinued due to lack of maintenance and vandalism. The project will also address humanitarian concern to avoid major disruptions in power supply that may lead to grave impacts on the population of the country, particularly as most of the water supply in Harare depends heavily on power consuming treatment plants necessary to prevent future cholera outbreak. The project creates synergy with another Bank intervention "Urgent Water Supply and Sanitation Rehabilitation Project the objective of which is to provide emergency assistance to the Municipalities of Harare, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Masvingo, Kwekwe and Chegutu, to improve water production and wastewater treatment capacity and reduce potential of outbreak of water borne diseases
This project was identified by the Bank's extended mission in Zimbabwe to qualify for emergency support under the Zim-Fund .The key objective of the Fund is to contribute to early recovery and development efforts of Zimbabwe by mobilising donor resources and promoting donor coordination in Zimbabwe. The Emergency Power Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project will help achieve this strategy by rehabilitating the Ash Plant at the Hwange power plant, replacement of over 16 sub-transmission transformers about 1.600 distribution transformers and rehabilitation of sections of the power distribution network. As a result, the power generation capacity of the plant will be dependable as the rehabilitation exercise will enhance the availability of the plant.It will also result in the reestablishment of service to over 20,000 customers consistent One of the key areas of the Zimbabwe Short-term Economic Reform Program (STERP) is the upgrading of the country's electricity generation and transmission capacity. Completion of the rehabilitation of the Hwange power plant and rehabilitation of the transmission and distribution infrastructure was specifically identified as a critical factor underpinning the success of the plan. It is in this context that the Government requested the Bank for financial assistance for the Rehabilitation of Hwange thermal power plant and the distribution facilities all over the country. While other DFIs are still assessing the situation to prioritize the various needs in different sectors and optimize the utilization of donors' money through harmonizing efforts amid progress made by the inclusive government, a group of donors have agreed to accelerate interventions in the infrastructure sector through resources channelled through a bank managed Multi-Donor Trust Fund.