ZPC Hwange attains ISO 9001:2008 certification

HWANGE Power Station, the largest coal fired power station in Zimbabwe and the 14th largest in the region, was last week awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems certificate at a colourful ceremony hosted last week in Hwange.

The guest of honour at the function, Sebastian Zuze who is the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (Saz)’s director quality assurance, spoke highly of Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and applauded the organisation for its unwavering efforts to ensure it continues to power Zimbabwe and its economy, despite all the challenges the organisation may be facing.

It is crucial to note that the role played by ZPC Hwange in the Zimbabwean economy talks directly to the country’s competitiveness and level of comfort of our citizens.

It is therefore in order that we congratulate ZPC for adopting a tool that bears testimony to their commitment to deliver value to the customer consistently,” Zuze said.

Contrary to popular belief that ZPC is incompetent, Hwange Power Station has actually been admitted into the prestigious club of organisations of assessed with capability in accordance ISO 9001. Zuze said the ISO 9001 Quality Management System run by SAZ is accredited by The South African National Accreditation System (Sanas).

Hwange Power Station has an installed capacity of 920MW, with four of its 120 MW units having been built between 1983 and 1986. Two 220MW units were commissioned in 1986 and 1987. The station operates as a base load and meets approximately 50% of the electricity needs of the country.

ZPC is currently in the second phase of implementing the Hwange seven and eight expansion project, expected to kick-start sometime next year, thus adding an extra 600MW onto the national grid. As part of its short- term plans, ZPC has embarked on the Gairezi project in the Eastern Highlands, where it will establish a 30MW hydro power station on the Gairezi river.

ZPC has also embarked on an intensive training programme for senior operators at Hwange Power Station, in order to improve and maintain the high levels of quality service.

A group of 10 power plant operators from Hwange Power Station were recently sent to India for Simulator Training which is meant to enhance their skills and give them exposure on how other power stations are run.

For more information, contact Fadzai Chisveto on 04-250407/9, or 0773 474 055 or ZPC Public Relations department.