Zimbabwean government releases funding to complete 12-MW Tokwe-Mukosi hydropower plant

The government of Zimbabwe is hoping additional funding will lead to finishing the country’s 12-MW Tokwe-Mukosi hydroelectric plant by the end of the year.

The US$20.3 million, released to the Infrastructural Development Bank of Zimbabwe, will “be applied towards the completion of outstanding works,” according to a statement from IDBZ.

Specifically, the money will be used to pay “outstanding dues” to Italian constructor Salini Impregilio, allowing work to be completed before Zimbabwe’s rainy season.

HydroWorld.com reported earlier this year that Salini Impregilio was set to resume construction of Tokwe-Mukosi in March after initially being brought on to complete the facility in 2008.

Construction on the facility began in 1998, but lack of funding halted work in 2008. Construction at the site resumed in 2011, but stopped again in December 2012 due to a lack of funding.

Sources report that the plant is now about 96% complete. Once finished, Tokwe-Mukosi’s reservoir will provide irrigation for nearby sugar and citrus farms, while energy generated by the plant will help power agriculture processing centers.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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