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  1. UPDATE - Mozambique resumes hydropower supply to Zimbabwe

    Mozambique's information agency reports the operators of Mozambique's 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project have resumed supply of electricity to Zimbabwe, once its economically strapped neighbor made a payment toward its electricity debt. Earlier in the month, Zimbabwe, which is generating only half the electricity it needs, was cut off by its major supplier, Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), due to unpaid debts. (HNN 1/14/08) Agencia de Informacion de Mocambique (AIM) said HCB adviser Julio Pondeca confirmed that Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) paid US$10 million of its US$18.7 million debt and promised to pay the remainder, with the backing of the Zimbabwe government. However, another US$4 million is to come due at the end of January, Pondeca said. A year ago Zimbabwe was producing nearly two-thirds of its electricity needs but supply has dropped sharply, worsening problems arising from the world's highest inflation, rising poverty, and food and fuel shortages. (HNN 1/10/08) Ben Rafemoyo, chief executive of the state-owned ZESA Holdings, said foreign currency shortages, unpaid debts, and obsolete equipment had led to a larger power deficit. He said the Kariba hydroelectric plant, on the northeastern border with Zambia, could generate about 730 MW, while the coal-fired Hwange power station in western Zimbabwe generated an average of 250 MW. (HNN 11/12/07) "That gives a total of 980 MW, against (daily) demand of about 1,800 MW for the current summer season,� Rafemoyo said. �Demand often rises to about 2,200 MW over the peak winter period." He said, while Zimbabwe was importing some power from the Democratic Republic of Congo's Societe Nationale d'Electricite, it also owed that company US$5 million. Rafemoyo said South Africa's Eskom, the biggest power utility in southern Africa, had stopped supplying electricity to Zimbabwe last June, but this was not because of unpaid debts. "At the moment, they (Eskom) have their own challenges in their backyard and haven't been able to supply since June, but we are current as far as our account with them is concerned." Rafemoyo said Zimbabwe would soon benefit from the refurbishment of its plants in Hwange under a US$40 million deal signed with Namibia's Nampower. As part of the deal, Zesa would export power to Namibia at a subsidized price. "Once we complete the refurbishment, all our six units at Hwange will have a new lease of life and we expect generation capacity to improve from 250 MW to 780 MW," Rafemoyo said. "We hope to achieve that level of production by August or September." Long-term projects to expand power plants at Kariba and Hwange, to ensure Zimbabwe's self-sufficiency in electricity supplies, would require huge investments totaling US$900 million, he added.

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    Fri, 18 Jan 2008

  2. Mozambique's 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa increases power to Zimbabwe

    Mozambique's 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project has doubled the amount of electricity being delivered to Zimbabwe , restoring some of the power that had been cut because of Zimbabwe's failure to pay due to economic crisis.

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    Wed, 12 Sep 2007

  3. Iran touts Zimbabwe aid, including 620-MW Kariba South upgrade

    Iranian Ambassador Rasoul Momeni said February 11 that Iran is ready to implement all its aid agreements with economically strapped Zimbabwe , including an upgrade of the 620-MW Kariba South hydroelectric project.

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    Wed, 13 Feb 2008

  4. Small hydroelectric project in Zimbabwe gets approval

    An application to build a US$13 million small hydroelectric plant near Zimbabwe's Lake Mutrikwi has been approved by the Masvingo Rural District Council, sources report.

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    Mon, 13 Feb 2012

  1. Bank seeks Zimbabwe water sector investment study

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    Tue, 23 Oct 2012

  2. Zimbabwe , Zambia seek studies of 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge

    The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites expressions of interest in performing a feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessments for the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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    Mon, 17 Sep 2012

  3. Zimbabwe , Zambia court investors for 1,600-MW Batoka

    Zimbabwe and Zambia have begun seeking investors and a technical partner to develop the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project on their common border, the Zambezi River.

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    Tue, 12 Jun 2007

  4. Zimbabwe , Sinohydro plan Kariba hydropower plant expansion

    Zimbabwe has signed a $400 million agreement with China's Sinohydro Corporation Limited to expand its Kariba hydropower project, wire services reported.

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    Tue, 4 May 2010

  5. Zimbabwe policy to encourage mini-hydro

    Zimbabwe has initiated a policy that all new dams be designed in a way that allows mini-hydropower generation to be developed at the sites, an official says.

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    Mon, 12 Nov 2007

  6. Zimbabwe utility reports small hydro deal with Russian firm

    Zimbabwe's electric utility said it entered an agreement with a Russian company to develop small hydropower projects in the power-short African nation.

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    Tue, 8 May 2007

  7. Russian firm to build 123 MW of small hydro in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe's electric utility is near completion of an agreement in which Russia's Turbo Engineering is to build 17 small hydropower projects totaling 123 MW.

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    Wed, 29 Nov 2006

  8. Zimbabwe says funds to help complete Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam

    The government of Zimbabwe says it plans to resume construction soon on the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam water storage and irrigation project with the allocation of Z$5 trillion (US$166.6 million) for the work.

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    Thu, 10 Jan 2008

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