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Mega power project thrills South

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Southern Province says construction of Batoka Gorge hydro-power station has thrilled people in the province because it will spur economic activities and create jobs.
Vice information and publicity secretary Trymore Mwenda said in a statement yesterday that the project will bring socio-economic benefits to people in the area.
Mr Mwenda said the project, shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe, will also reduce deforestation and induce infrastructure development.
“We are convinced President Lungu has a heart for Southern Province and means well for the whole country,” Mr Mwenda said.
Mr Mwenda said the idea of the project was mooted in the early 1990s but was only actualised by President Lungu.
“We in Southern Province wish, therefore, to appeal to the opposition to be magnanimous and come out in the open to appreciate initiatives such as this one instead of always criticising and engaging in petty politics. The opposition should focus their energies on positive things, especially that elections are four years away,” he said.
Construction of Batoka Gorge hydro-power station is under a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
It is located on the Zambezi River, about 54 kilometres downstream of the world-famous Victoria Falls, and upstream of the existing 1,470 megawatts Kariba Dam hydro-electric scheme.
The project site is located across the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The proposed scheme includes a 181-metre high dam, radial gated crest type spillway, two underground power stations on each side of the river, with four 200 megawatts turbines installed in each, giving a total capacity of 1,600MW for the scheme.

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