Hydropower generation

In southern Africa, the Zimbabwean energy and power development minister, Dr Samuel Undenge, has stated that work on the Kariba South Extension Project is progressing well.

“We are very pleased with the progress so far and to date we know that the Kariba South Extension Project is now 92% complete and everything is on course for its commissioning on 24 December, 2017,” Undenge said.

He added: “We applaud the focused work and effort that is being exhibited by the contractor (Sinohydro) and Zesa management that has seen so much progress.”

According to the Herald, in 1997 the hydro plant was refurbished, which was followed by an up-rating process in 2003. The upgrades enabled the plant to increase its generation capacity to 750MW.

Kariba South Extension Project challenges

The minister said initial challenges of foreign currency to pay suppliers were being overcome with the involvement of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, media reported.

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It is reported that the southern African country battles with a daily deficit of between 300MW and 600MW.

However, the country has not had load-shedding for the last 20 months, as more than 300MW of power is imported to offset the supply deficit. Furthermore, there are a number of projects underway to boost supply.

Projects in the pipeline

To this end, Undenge revealed that tendering for the Batoka Gorge South Bank, projected to add a further 1,400MW to the national grid, will be out soon.

“In terms of the Batoka Gorge project there are feasibility studies that have just been completed, then tenders will be send out. So that process is underway,” he said.

Other projects in the pipeline include the Devil’s Gorge (1,000MW), Hwange Western Area (1,200MW), Tokwe-Mukosi Hydro (15MW) and Gairezi Small Hydro (30MW).

He also said the minister of finance and economic development, Patrick Chinamasa, is currently working on incentives to make investment into the energy sector attractive, media reported.

“The minister [Chinamasa] is trying to come up with a regime of incentives so that we make investment into the energy sector by private players more attractive. We need them to augment what government is doing,” minister Undenge said.

 

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