Work has officially begun on a 30-40MW solar hybrid power plant in the Shangombo District of Western Province, Zambia.
The managing director of Cleantech Invest portfolio company Nocart, Vesa Korhonen, confirmed this recently, Africa Business Communities reported.
The firm secured a $200 million contract to develop this project earlier this year.
Korhonen said: “The project is well on schedule. Production began in May, with the first local employees hired and payments for the entire project progressing accordingly.
“The first excavations on the future site have already been made and we believe we will soon be delivering components and facilities to Shangombo.”
Solar hybrid power plant
According to media, once completed the power plant will supply power to a 30,000 hectare sugar cane plantation and sugar processing factory, and is expected to crush approximately 6,000,000 tonnes of sugar cane per year.
Once in full operation, the plant is expected to improve the country’s power deficit and will potentially generate enough excess power to export to Angola and possibly Namibia. Read more…
Media added that the primary use of power will be for sugar production and to electrify surrounding communities.
Africa Business Communities reported: “Until the construction of the sugar production facility itself is completed, excess power generation is expected to be exported to neighbouring countries, providing revenue to Zambia.
“This project in Zambia is expected to be the first of many for Nocart, which has a pipeline of potential projects worth over $1 billion.”
Lassi Noponen, Chairman of Cleantech Invest and Nocart Board Member said: “It has been great to follow Nocart’s journey from a start-up to a company delivering huge infrastructure projects. We have great faith in Vesa to continue to deliver as he is an entrepreneur who doesn’t sit back and wait for success to happen, he goes out and makes it happen.”
Noponen added: “It is also very encouraging to see the strategic business relationships being formed between representatives from Zambia, Finland and Nocart itself, with Vesa meeting Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba at the House of Estates in Finland. Such relationships will become more and more important as Nocart pursues its pipeline of projects.”
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