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Engineering services company Penspen has won a contract from Petrozim Line to provide engineering, procurement services, construction and commissioning supervision for the latest phase of capacity expansion of the Feruka-Harare multiproduct pipeline. Penspen, which installed the original pipeline and has carried out a study for the expansion project over the last six years, will provide its services at three separate sites, Feruka, Wilton and Harare.

Zimbabwe
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Intratrek Zimbabwe has been sounding out prospective contractors for the 100MW Gwanda solar PV project, as well as essential refurbishment at the 100MW Munyati coal power plant and 40MW Gairezi hydro. The news may be some consolation to state utilities who have been under pressure over the contracts in recent months, complaining to MPs that money given to the company could not be accounted for and progress had been slow (AE 336/5).

Zimbabwe
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Rehabilitation work on the Kariba Dam is expected to start in May after Zimbabwe and Zambia signed a $294.2m financing deal with the European Union and World Bank in mid February. The project, which is also funded by the Swedish government and African Development Bank (AfDB) through a mix of loans and grants, entails reshaping the dam’s plunge pool and refurbishing the six spillway gates.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
Issue 339 - 02 February 2017

Batoka Gorge investment conference

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Zambia and Zimbabwe plan an investment conference on 28 February in Lusaka to attract investors to finance and build the 2,400MW Batoka Gorge hydropower project on the Zambezi River.The two countries plan to build the project as an independent power producer using a special purpose vehicle under the supervision of the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA). The conference aims to attract development finance institutions, bilateral partners and local, regional and multinational private sector organisations. African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina is expected to be among the keynote speakers.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) spokeswoman Fadzai Chisveto has confirmed that the Harare coal power plant is now producing 40MW, up from 25MW. The improvement follows the return to service of a turbo-alternator on 2 November 2016, meaning the plant now has two operating turbo-alternators. The project was delayed by the dispatch of a rotor from India. More work is planned. “The power station, which is now generating 40MW from TA1 [turbo-alternator], TA2, and two boilers, is expecting another increase in power generation to 60MW after the third boiler is completed,” the Financial Gazette reported Chisveto as saying.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) acting managing director Joshua Chirikutsi has expressed concern over progress at a 100MW solar PV project near Gwanda. The utility made a controversial $5.6m early payment earlier this year for the project, which is being developed by Intratrek Zimbabwe and China’s Chint Electric. Local media report that Chirikutsi told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy that, “so far from the works done [Intratrek managing director Wicknell Chivayo] cannot account for $1.8m. We are really worried”.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company began receiving power from the first 100MW unit of the 200MW Dema emergency power plant in mid July. Since the government began talks with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group last year, there has been a concerted push to improve the country’s woeful power situation. Alongside Dema, a 120MW emergency plant is planned for Mutare, tenders have been reissued for the refurbishment of the country’s moribund coal power plants, as well as a solar tender and a feed-in tariff for renewable energy independent power producers.

Zimbabwe
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UK temporary power provider Aggreko has signed a three-year contract to provide a 200MW diesel power plant at Dema to cover the shortfall of power from the drought-hit Kariba dam. The company said a contract had been signed with Sakunda Holdings, which will provide fuel for the plant. Zesa Holdings gave Sakunda a contract to provide the plant in December.

Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe is highly unlikely to eradicate the crony capitalist structures that have favoured the Mugabe clan and other Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) grandees any time soon. But the president’s departure could favour a measured transition, building on initiatives to normalise the economy undertaken by regime officials such as Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) managing director Noah Fari Gwariro. Even at 92 years old, it seems imprudent to write off President Robert Mugabe, whose ruthless political cunning has seen off international sanctions and domestic challenges.

Zimbabwe
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China’s Nasdaq-listed JA Solar has signed a $179m contract to supply 100MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Number 17 Metallurgical China, one of three successful bidders in a tender dominated by Chinese companies earlier this year. The plant will be based in Munyati, and construction is expected to begin towards the end of 2016 or early 2017, with commercial operation by end-2017. A number of other solar power projects have been taken through the early stages of development by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and an initiative to develop small mini-hydro projects of less than 4MW is going well.

Zimbabwe
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The Zimbabwean State Procurement board has announced the winners of three contracts to build 100MW solar photovoltaic power plants in the country. Local company Intratrek Zimbabwe and its engineering, procurement and construction partner China’s Chint Electric are set to develop a plant near Gwanda. The other winners are China’s ZTE Corporation, which will develop a plant near Insukamini, and Number 17 Metallurgical China, with a plant near Munyati. The projects are believed to be worth $160m-200m each. Construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

Zimbabwe
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AIM-listed Sable Mining on 21 September signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Citic Construction Company to explore the possibility of developing a 600MW coal power plant on the site of Sable’s 19,236ha Lubu coal project. The power plant will burn coal from Lubu, which is located in the mid-Karoo Zambezi coal basin in north-west Zimbabwe, and the project is being supported by the Ministry of Energy and Power Development.

Zimbabwe
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Zambia and Zimbabwe are battling the worst decline of water levels at the Lake Kariba reservoir in more than two decades, threatening the power supply of both countries. Zambia’s Zesco has warned it may have to shut down the Kariba North Bank power station due to a combination of falling water levels and rising demand. Zambia is experiencing its worst drought since 1995 and although Zesco was able to withstand the low water levels at Lake Kariba and Itezhi Tezhi 20 years ago, demand in the 1990s was far below current levels.

Zambia | Zimbabwe
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Producing around 1,000MW against peak demand which frequently exceeds 2,000MW, Zimbabwe Power Company faces a constant struggle to keep the lights on. Success hinges on the efficient functioning of the 700MW Hwange thermal plant and 750MW Kariba South hydro plant, both of which suffered shutdowns in late April. Much of Zimbabwe was plunged into darkness on 27 April on the eve of a ministerial meeting of the Southern African Development Community in Harare. The fault originated with a system failure at the Kariba North and Kafue Gorge plants in Zambia, affecting the Southern African Power Pool grid, and large parts of Zambia also suffered power cuts, though parts of Zimbabwe’s southwestern city of Bulawayo, which is supplied from South Africa, were unaffected.

Zimbabwe
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Financing totalling $135.6m has been approved for the rehabilitation of the Kariba storage hydropower scheme on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The World Bank announced on 9 December that it had agreed to provide a $75m International Development Association credit to the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), with a $25m grant to be provided by the government of Sweden to Zambia.

Zambia | Zimbabwe