PLANS for a hydro-electric power plant between Zambia and Zimbabwe have been expanded to 2,400 from 1,600 megawatts (MW), an industry official said on Sunday.
A recent study showed that the Batoka Gorge power plant would produce more electricity than previously envisaged, according to Munyaradzi Munodawafa, chief executive of the company in charge of the project, the Zambezi River Authority.
"We are looking, at most, that it is going to produce 2400 MW. This is an improvement from previous studies which were talking about 1600 MW," Munodawafa told Reuters.
The completion of the project, which will involve the construction of a dam and a hydro power plant on the Zambezi River, is expected to ease an electricity shortage in the two countries and southern Africa.
Munodawafa said a feasibility study was almost complete and a report would be ready by May after which an environmental impact assessment study would be done by June.
"After we have done that we will start looking for developers," Munodawafa said.
It is expected that the plant will be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before ownership is transferred to the two states, he said.
The cost, previously estimated at $2.5 billion, would be known in May after the feasibility study, Munodawafa said. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; editing by Jason Neely)
Source: Batoka power plant expanded by 800 MW (22/02/15)