The fire that broke out at Hwange Power Station is suspected to have had been caused by leaking diesel from the tanks located proximate to Unit 1.
The fire went through to the feed rack, before it spread to Unit two and burnt cables, Indaba has learnt.
An initial assessment by experts at the site indicates that the roof of the Pentair House was razed down resulting in the smoke that was seen by the people outside the plant. There were no causalities and the boiler did not explode after initiation of a controlled shutdown.
A source who spoke to Indaba on condition of anonymity revealed that Unit 1 and 2 may be out for a while: “Cable tracing and replacement will be a challenge. This means Unit I and 2 will be out for some time and if we don’t import power, then more load shedding must be expected.”
Meanwhile, ZESA Holdings Executive Chairman Sydney Gata said that the company is in the process of firing the power units to restore power supply.
“Although we lost 140MW leading to load shedding between 5.30pm and 8.30pm due to suspension of load on units 2 and 5, we are in the process of firing the two units to restore power supply to the national grid. Normal supply is expected to resume on Thursday the 11th of February 2021,” read Gata’s press statement. Nhau/Indaba