Zimbabwe, China launch new power units

Kariba - Energy-starved Zimbabwe on Thursday launched a $533m project with China to scale up electricity generation at one of its major power plants in a bid to ease perennial energy woes.

China's Sino Hydro will build two additional units at the Kariba Power Station, 365km north of the capital, expected to add 300MW to the national grid on completion in 2017.

The Chinese government is providing $320m towards the expansion deal while state-owned Zimbabwe Power Company will chip in $213m coming from loans sourced from development institutions.

The launch of the expansion project came days after President Robert Mugabe returned from a state visit to China where he signed various agreements whose details are yet to be released.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Mugabe said the expansion of the power station would lower the cost of electricity by reducing dependence on imports.

"Such a development would provide the nation with additional and cheaper electricity for both industry and commerce, and as a result, attract investment to Zimbabwe," Mugabe said.

Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire said the extension would "mark an end to load-shedding".

Frequent breakdowns of Zimbabwe's ageing power stations means the country suffers perennial power-shortages.

The state power company resorts to load-shedding, switching off supplies to specific areas for up to eight hours, to save scarce power.

The country produces an average of 1 200MW against a peak demand of 2 200 MW and relies on imports to supplement its production.

Tambu Zeyts 2014-09-05 11:13:51 AM
Here is someone who is desperately clinging onto power,willing to sell the whole country to the Zhing Zhang just to get something to extend his rule
Miles Lancmore 2014-09-05 11:39:28 AM
What is China going to get,Robert??
Gary Bloom 2014-09-05 11:55:54 AM
I'd love to know what he had to give them to get the money.
BLUESILVER2012 2014-09-05 12:57:32 PM
BWAHAHAHA..You GO CHINA...they need to alleviate the poverty and hardship Colonial rule brought...even after 34yrs under the GREAT BOB...yes, bring in those Chinese workers, mine Zimbabwe, give the people of Zim the future their President promises.....and say...NEHOW to your NEW BAAS...idiots.
Erns Kleynhans 2014-09-05 01:48:47 PM
Control of a country's money, is control over the country itself.
Augustine Zingwe 2014-09-05 06:34:03 PM
Thats the end of loading shedding! Its all the minister of energy could say???
EXPAT-SINCE 1973 2014-09-06 04:26:54 PM
WHY has this insane rotten mass murderer not been infected with EBOLA yet?
Erik Grobbelaar 2014-09-07 12:21:29 AM
..... and he is our dear Julius' role model ....