Background
Plans for the Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) which was approved by the Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2012 are progressing well.
The Batoka HES was conceived in 1972 out of a study instituted by the predecessor of Zambezi River Authority, (Central African Power Corporation). The aim of the Study was to identify possible power sources which the intergovernmental institution could develop to meet the power demands of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has been mandated by the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to facilitate the implementation of the project, which was approved in 2012, in close consultations with ZESCO and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).

Location : situated on the Zambezi River approximately 54 km downstream of the world famous Victoria Falls. The project site is located across the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Grid Reference 055-178 (scale 1:50000)

Generation Classification : Hydro

Project Description : Greenfield

 

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Current Status

ZRA Chief Executive Munyaradzi Munodawafa said preparatory works were progressing well from the time the project was approved in 2012.

“We are progressing well in the preparatory activities of updating the previous feasibility studies and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. “Currently, we have done almost 98 per cent of updating engineering feasibility studies while the final report of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment will be released by the end of November 2016,” Mr Munodawafa said.

He said the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment was an important undertaking for the Authority to start mobilising funds for the project.

“In December 2016, we will have a Council of Ministers meeting where a fully-fledged feasibility study and EIA reports will be presented and discussed. “The Council will direct the two Ministries of Finance in Zambia and Zimbabwe to start mobilising finances. The two have already anticipated this directive and they already wrote to the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to take interest and to be the lead arranger,” Mr Munodawafa said.

He was hopeful that the funding for the project would be mobilised before 2018 after which procurement and tendering processes would start in readiness for the construction which is expected to be concluded between 2021 and 2024.

For more information on the Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme follow the link: http://bit.ly/2dsB8xw

Sources:
Lusakatimes
Zambezi River Authority (ZRA)
Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)