US, Chinese & Italian Companies Shortlisted For $4.5 Billion Zambezi Hydropower Project

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has shortlisted three companies for the construction of the Batoka Gorge hydro power project budgeted at $4.5bn.

The shortlisted companies which are from China, USA, and Italy are:

  • China Three Gorges Corporation, which built the Three Gorges Dam in China.
  • Salini Impregilo, Italy’s largest contractor, which is currently engaged on the Grand Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia.
  • A joint venture between Power China and GE Hydro China, a subsidiary of US corporation General Electric.

Munyaradzi Munodawafa, ZRA chief executive said:

If all goes well, by September we should have a developer for the Batoka. So, for Batoka, we are talking of a 2.4GW plant, 1.2GW on both sides of the river. We are just waiting for the developer, when we appoint we will then go to the next stage of construction.

The dam was initially projected to consist of two power plants, each with an installed capacity of 800MW, one on the Zambian side and another on the Zimbabwean. The dam was planned as a 181m-high structure holding back 1.7 billion cubic metres of water. It is expected to be complete within 10 to 13 years.

More: Global Construction Review


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