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Zambia, Zimbabwe set to launch Batoka Gorge hydro project

Zambian energy minister Christopher Yaluma is hoping construction work will start on the 1,600MW Batoka Gorge hydro project by year-end. Developers are showing strong interest in the project on the Zambezi River downstream from Victoria Falls, whose development will be carried out by a special purpose vehicle to be formed by the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), which was established to operate and maintain the Kariba Dam. Yaluma said that, since Zambia and Zimbabwe had revived the Batoka project, it had attracted an “unprecedented number of unsolicited expressions of interest”.

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