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China's Sinohydro to expand Zimbabwean Kariba

Zimbabwe has signed a $400M agreement with China's Sinohydro to expand its Kariba hydro electricity plant.
The Zimbabwe Power Company – the generation arm of state utility ZESA –announced that Sinohydro would add two 150 MW units at Kariba. China's Eximbank will fund the project to the tune of $400M. Sinohydro is already working on a similar project on the Zambian side of Kariba.

Zimbabwe has previously signed hundreds of millions of dollars worth in cooperation agreements with foreign governments to boost its electricity generation capacity, but has not made progress in getting any of the projects off the ground. In July 2005, Zimbabwe signed a $200M deal with Iran's Farab Company for the extension of the Kariba South power station, but the deal fell through after Zimbabwe failed to raise the required deposit for the loan.


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News date: 03/05/2010

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