Musanze hydropower plant
Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will on December 24 commission Kariba South power expansion project's first unit, which will feed 150MW into the national grid.

According to the Herald, Zesa Holdings chief executive, Josh Chifamba, confirmed the development earlier this week.

“The first unit is coming on line on December 24,” said Chifamba, without giving any further details on the project.

The project was undertaken by Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering and construction company, Sinohydro in September 2014.

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The Herald reported that Chifamba could not be drawn into commenting on the impact that the unit would have on the country’s power imports.

“I cannot comment on that issue at the moment, because right now there are concerns of water levels in the Lake (Kariba), So, obviously, we would not get the full benefits of the project until the water level improves.”

The second unit, expected to generate another 150MW would be fed into the national grid by end of March next year, a Sinohydro chief representative indicated.

Kariba South Power Project

The Kariba South expansion project is expected to ease pressure on Zesa, which is importing about 350MW from South Africa and Mozambique.

In early September, the energy and power development minister, Dr Samuel Undenge, commended the work done by the contractor.

Undenge said: “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.”


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