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Batoka hydro-electric power project on course

The feasibility study for the Batoka-Hydro-Electric Power Plant is expected to be complete by the end of May to pave way for the construction of a 2 400 mega watt power plant.

The project is being spearheaded by the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) and is expected to cost $3 billion.

The power plant has been on the cards for a long time with little progress on the ground as the $72 million legacy debt owed to Zambia stalled the implementation of the mega-power project in the region.

The clearing of the debt by the Zimbabwe government has paved way for the updating of the feasibility study which is expected to be complete by the end of May.

Preliminary information shows the power plant can reach 2 400 mega watts out of the initial projection of 1 600 mega watts.

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) managing director, Engineer Julian Chinembiri told parliamentarians the Batoka project is work in progress.

The mega-power project is expected to take six years to complete from the commencement of work and with power generation capacity of 2 400 mega watts, it will improve power supplies in Zambia and Zimbabwe. a�� ZBC.