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$4 billion hydropower plant to be constructed on Zambia-Zimbabwe border



Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that GE and PowerChina have been chosen to build a $4 billion hydropower plant on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Batoka Gorge plant will use water flowing in the Zambezi river to provide power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe
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The long planned 2,400 megawatt Batoka Gorge project is aimed to address electricity shortages affecting both nations.

“Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed on this project. We have all agreed that we give it to GE -- China Power and GE together,” said Mnangagwa.

“It’s critical that we move fast on that front because it’s necessary that as we industrialise that we need electricity.”

According to GE, the company will have “a material role in the development and execution of the project” including the design and supply of hydropower technologies.

Though formal contracts have not yet been signed, the Zambezi River Authority - which manages power plants on the river - is expected to appoint a final developer for the project by September. The project will be based on a build-operate-transfer financing model that is said won’t put any fiscal strain on the two nations’ governments.

The Zambezi river is already the main energy source for the downstream Kariba hydropower dam. But recent droughts have dramatically affected the output, with the Zambezi’s water flows in 2019 near the lowest in half a century, and worse than the last severe drought in 2014-15. The Kariba has been operating at less than 30% storage capacity and producing less than half its intended electricity.

The Batoka Gorge plant will operate with a smaller capacity on the same river.

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