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Dinson completes Manhize power line

by Staff reporter
30 May 2024 at 08:31hrs | Views
The construction of an 88-kilovolt transmission line by Dinson Iron and Steel Company, stretching from Sherwood substation in Kwekwe to Manhize, has been successfully completed. This milestone enables the firm, which requires 100 megawatts (MW) for the initial phase of its projects, to commence production.

As part of its ambitious US$1.5 billion steel plant, Dinson intends to further enhance electricity supplies to other industries in Manhize and its environs by planning the construction of a 330-kilovolt connection from Sherwood to the project site.

The steel plant, hailed as Africa's largest integrated steelworks, recently conducted successful test runs on key components, signaling readiness for scheduled production commencement next month.

Mr. Wilfred Motsi, Dinson's project director, confirmed the completion of the transmission line and outlined plans for future power infrastructure development. He stated, "We have completed constructing an 88-kilovolt transmission line which will enable us to start production under the first phase, and we are looking forward to constructing a 330-kilovolt power line from Sherwood to Manhize to facilitate our electricity requirements."

Dinson Iron and Steel Company, a subsidiary of China's Tsingshan Holdings Limited, operates alongside Afrochine Smelting in Selous, Mashonaland West Province, and Dinson Colliery in Hwange, Matebeleland North Province.

According to recent Cabinet reports, the Dinson steel plant is nearing completion, with significant progress noted in various sections. The raw materials complex and sintering plant are fully operational, while the blast furnace, steel mill, and coke oven battery are at various stages of completion.

Projected to produce 600,000 tonnes of products initially, Dinson aims to increase its output to 1.2 million tonnes in the second phase. Ultimately, production is expected to reach 3.2 million tonnes in the third phase and five million tonnes annually in the final phase, requiring at least 500 MW to power the plant.

The operationalization of the steel plant is anticipated to have a transformative impact on the local industry, particularly the engineering, iron, and steel sectors. Mr. Dosman Mangisi, Chief Operating Officer of the Zimbabwe Institute of Foundries (ZIF), emphasized the positive effects on production levels and raw material accessibility, anticipating growth in membership and investments in the sector.

The revitalization of the steel industry holds promise for Zimbabwe, reminiscent of the era when the country's largest integrated steel plant, Zisco, was in operation, contributing significantly to the economy and providing employment opportunities.

Source - The Herald