Zimbabwe signs deal with Salini Impregilo for Tokwe-Mukosi powerhouse construction

The Zimbabwean government has signed a US$7 million deal with contractor Salini Impregilo to complete civil works on the 15-MW Tokwe-Mukosi hydropower plant.

The Italian firm has been performing work at the African project for about the past decade, though the project has seen a number of stalls due to funding, environmental and political obstacles.

Salini Impregilo officials said the latest contract will see it perform the excavation for and construction of Tokwe-Mukosi‘s powerhouse. The work is expected to take about three months to complete.

HydroWorld.com reported that construction on the US$255 million facility resumed last March after one of many hiatuses since French design firm Coyne et Bellier was first commissioned to provide a study for the plant in Fall 1967.

The idea was tabled during decades of political unrest before being resurrected in 1980, with Coyne et Bellier providing further studies in the mid-1980s. The group then proposed a concrete arch dam in 1992, though the design was changed after being deemed too expensive by the Zimbabwe government.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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