Zimbabwe has collaborated with China and have launched a $533-million project in order to boost the electricity generation in the African country which is currently having serious problems in the industry.
Sino Hydro, a Chinese company will build two additional units at the Kariba Power Station, 365 kilometres (230 miles) north of the capital, expected to add 300 megawatts to the national grid on completion in 2017.
The Chinese government is providing $320 million towards the expansion deal while state-owned Zimbabwe Power Company will chip in $213 million coming from loans sourced from development institutions.
President Robert Mugabe said the expansion of the power station would lower the cost of electricity by reducing dependence on imports.
“Such a development would provide the nation with additional and cheaper electricity for both industry and commerce, and as a result, attract investment to Zimbabwe,” Mugabe said.
Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire said the extension would “mark an end to load-shedding.”
The country’s power stations have been experiencing major breakdowns which makes the constant power-shortage as well as squabbles rampant
The state power company resorts to load-shedding, switching off supplies to specific areas for up to eight hours, to save scarce power.
The country produces an average of 1,200 megawatts against a peak demand of 2,200 MW and relies on imports to supplement its production.