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In Southern Africa, the construction of the $20 million mini-hydro power project at Tokwe-Mukosi Dam, in Zimbabwe, has begun.

The Herald reported that the Italian contractor, Salini Impregilo, is now in the process of building a power house for the electricity generation plant.

Government has entered into an agreement with Salini, for the company to carry out excavation and civil works for the 15MW mini-hydro plant, with the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam reported to be currently over 70% full.

ZINWA resident engineer Paul Dengu told the Herald that work on the power house is expected to take three months.

“We are now putting final touches at the dam, especially on the access roads, while waiting for the commissioning day, but everything is now in place,”Dengu said.

He added: “The contractor is carrying out civil and excavation works at the power house for the mini-hydro power plant and the project will take three months to finish.”

Construction of a power generation plant is also expected to improve electricity supplies in Masvingo, media reported.

The power plant is said to have a capacity to serve the whole province. Read more…

Tokwe-Mukosi mini-hydro plant

On completion of the power house, located downstream of the dam government will have to move onto to the next phase, which will be to employ a company that will build the actual power generation plant.

Completion of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam is deemed the panacea for Masvingo’s perennial drought that hinders economic progress, media highlighted. Read more…

The dam is expected to propel the province into an irrigation hub and ensure food security.

Media further reported that Tokwe-Mukosi has so far collected water enough to irrigate nearly 20,000 hectares, which will increase to 25,000ha at full capacity.

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