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Batoka power project set to start

KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
THE construction of the 1,600 Megawatt (MW) Batoka Gorge hydropower project on the Zambezi River will start next year following the completion of an environmental impact assessment (EIA), Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has said.
Batoka Gorge hydropower project, which is a joint venture between the Zambian and Zimbabwean governments, will cost between US$2.5 million and US$3 million.
The power project is expected to be commissioned in 2022 and will be located 54 kilometres downstream of the Victoria Falls between Devils Gorge and Mpata Gorge.
Mr Yaluma said the project will be a joint venture by the two countries.
“Construction works are expected to commence mid next year because we have done environmental and other studies, we are just finalising some technical issues that came up during the course of carrying out feasibility studies,” Mr Yaluma said.






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