Construction of the Batoka Gorge hydro-electricity project is imminent, says President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Good news for Zimbabweans and the mining industry in Zimbabwe is that plans are afoot to start construction of the long awaited Batoka Gorge hydro-electricity project.
Mnangagwa briefed the media following a meeting with the main contractors General Electric and Power China recently. Mnangagwa said that a presentation would be done by the consortium in Zimbabwe within the week, and upon completion, construction would begin.
The estimated cost to complete the project is about USD5.2-billion and the Batoka Gorge will add more than 2 200MW to the national grid.
The project is being implemented under the auspices of the Zambezi River Authority(ZRA), a bi-national organisation mandated to operate, monitor and maintain the Kariba Dam Complex as well as exploit the full potential of the Zambezi River. The generated power will be shared equally between Zimbabwe and Zambia, which endorsed the deal.