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Kariba Power Plant Rehabilitation among projects to take US $14 bn in Zimbabwe

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The government of Zimbabwe has lined up various infrastructure rehabilitation programmes around the country which should be worked on for the next few years, including the expansion of Kariba Power Plant which is being worked on starting last month.

The government is planning rehabilitation of the power plant, which involves adding up its generation units.

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The expansion will involve construction of Kariba South Power station that will add 600MW after expansion. The plant is being built at Hwange and undertaken by Mukomo, the country’s second largest coal miner.

According to the Deputy Minister for Energy and Power Development Mr Mutezo Munacho, the company has been given the license to construct the plant and will operate as an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Although the Minister did not disclose how much will be spent on the plant, a similar project undertaken by the Chinese Sino Hydro, has taken up $1,2 billion. The project is expected to complete as early as next year.

This means that more money is required to be added to the US $14.bn for the facelift of the infrastructure that is in existence.

At the moment, the government is facing funding issues hence has to work on a strategy to cater for the failing state of dams, telecoms, roads, state properties and other types of infrastructure.
Some of the projects that the government has not been able to complete due to funding include the rehabilitation of the Airport road in Harare, dualisation of Harare- Masvingo road and the Harare Chitungwiza railway line which have stayed for long.

The government is out to ensure that sewer and telecoms systems, water supply systems and roads are catered for in order to rebuild the travel sector which impacts the economy of the country highly.
At the moment, Zimbabwe has US $27bn in blueprint meaning that they have to get more funders. Analysts noted that the country can use Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and incentives for organizations that want to take part in the projects.

Temporal rehabilitation for Kariba dam was suggested earlier in the year as a lasting solution was sought.

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