President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) flanked by ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende (right) and Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Power Project Director Wesley Lwiindi (left) during the River Diversion Ceremony at Kafue Gorge in Chikankanta District of Southern Province on Wednesday,October 4,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) flanked by ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende (right) and Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Power Project Director Wesley Lwiindi (left) during the River Diversion Ceremony at Kafue Gorge in Chikankanta District of Southern Province on Wednesday,October 4,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

Zambia and Zimbabwe plan to start construction of a $4 billion power-plant complex that will supply both nations next year.

The African Development Bank is advising the Zambezi River Authority on raising funds for the Batoka Gorge power plant and it’s likely that it will reach financial close by the end of the year as planned, Zambezi River Authority Chief Executive Officer Munyaradzi Munodawafa said in an interview Wednesday in Kariba, about 400 kilometers (249 miles) northwest of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

The 2,400-megawatt project will be located downstream from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River that straddles the two countries.

Batoka will help meet rising demand for electricity in Zambia and Zimbabwe, which is expected to more than double by 2035, according to EY, an adviser on the project.

The countries will operate separate power plants.

“The interest from financiers is huge,” Munodawafa said. “This is going to be one of the fastest-implemented projects in the region.”

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  1. Ok, important project not only for Zimbabwe but also for the entire SADC Region. However, WE SHOULD HAVE OUT PRIORITY ON DEVELOPING ON OUR INTERNAL HYDRO, SOLAR and WIND POTENTIAL BEFORE EMBARKING ON THIS MEGA PROJECT with the always “clever”Zimbabweans, the ones who only understand regional integration to their sole advantage!!

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    • @1.1 Kabila Mbila… this is a totally “green field”, NEW project like lower Kafue Gorge. Part of the $750 million and NOT thousand as you have put it was intended to rehabilitate and expand existing power generation and distribution infrastructure!The Batoka project needs the total of all the 3 Eurobonds to be fully implemented.

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    • I hope Margaret will be in charge of bank account.
      Even me if I was president I wouldn’t leave such money in hands of new government. $4 billion, even if you take out $45 million, no one will notice.

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    • @Nostradamus
      I need $1 million dollar loan please help me..i will pay you back next year please

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  2. Bane look for alternative energy sources.Hydroelectric energy is risky because if there is a drought then the electricity production will be affected.

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    • I’m sure they have done the ground work. Apart from being harvested and dammed, a certain amount of the water can be pumped back upstream to sustain dam levels without affecting life downstream. The project seems viable.

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    • @Mbili yakale,
      Kindly clarify. You said;- “…., a certain amount of the water can be pumped back upstream to sustain dam levels without affecting life downstream”.?
      Are you saying that by sustaining Dam levels in the manner you have described will increase NET OUTPUT of the power Plant??
      Are you aware of ‘Perpertual Motion of the First Kind’?

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  3. The best energy project ever with excess of 1.2 GW power at Zambia’s expose. With energy security, a country can develop at a very superb pace and support the economy.

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  4. This project was planned long when Lazy Lungu was in a tavern in Chawama and environmentalist have been against this project and its impact down stream…why can we invest that $4 Billion solar energy I mean its 365 days of sunshine unlike hydro that is one drought season away from deficit.

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  5. Keep developing “This Thing!” When it wakes up from its HaLLUCINATIONS & HaIllUSIONS, it will find you have done all the job! Lazy bum father did not teach his son well! He is projecting on the President instead of his lazy bum polygamist father who caused bitterness and hate in its son!

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  6. Joint ventures with Zimbabwe are a great risk. We haven’t been paid nkongole by Zim for decades and we are entering into more ventures?

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    • My thoughts exactly ..imagine if it was zambia that owed the zimbabweans…we would have been harassed. why always building hydro with Zimbabweans…not to sound nasty but awe

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  7. Good that the Zambian government has realize they can’t do it by their own. let Zimbabwe help

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  8. Zimbabwe needs to pay Zambia all the money they stole (Kariba Assets) before we can partner with them on this project. The project is more important to them than it is for us. We also have options to generate power from other rivers inland and they do not. Pay up!!

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