MoEPD/MoEWD/MMEWR/MoME – ZiZaBoNa Interconnector – Zimbabwe - Project Profile
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Ministry of Energy and Power Development Zimbabwe (MoEPD), Ministry of Energy and Water Development Zambia (MoEWD), Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Botswana (MMEWR) and Ministry of Mines and Energy Namibia (MoME) are planning to construct a transmission line between Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.
The project involves the construction of a 330KV transmission line with an initial transmission capacity of 300MW, which can be further increased to 600MW. The project is planned to be implemented in two phases.
The first phase will include the construction of a 120km, 330kV power line from Hwange Power Station to Victoria Falls, where a switching station will be built on the Zimbabwe side. The line will further extend to a substation at Livingstone in Zambia.
The second phase includes a 300km, 330kV power line from Livingstone to Katima Mulilo in Namibia, through Pandamatenga in Botswana. The Zimbabwe-Zambia interconnector will be built as a high voltage line with a transmission capacity of 430kV. It includes the construction of a 150km, 420KV transmission line from Ofoten to Balsfjord, a 300km transmission line from Balsfjord to Skaidi, and a 70km transmission line from Skaidi to Hammerfest.
In December 2007, Zesa Holdings, Zesco Limited, Botswana Power Corporation and Namibia Power Corporation entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop new transmission facilities in their respective countries.
Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has been appointed as the project coordinator.
Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG has been appointed as the technical consultant, SWECO AB as study consultant to undertake environmental and social impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Zambian region and PhD Capital of South Africa as the project manager.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is funding the consultants.
ESIA has been completed for Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe.
In October 2008, a request for proposals (RFP) was issued for consultants to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for this project.
In September 2013, SAPP issued a RFP for hiring consultants with a deadline set for October 14, 2013.
Subject to approvals, the project is expected to complete by the fourth quarter 2019.
Planning Authority: Ministry of Energy and Power Development Zimbabwe, Ministry of Energy and Water Development Zambia, Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) Botswana and Ministry of Mines and Energy Namibia
Project Coordinator: Southern African Power Pool
Study Consultant (Zambia): SWECO AB
Technical Consultant: Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG
PMC Contract: PhD Capital of South Africa
The project involves the construction of a 420km, 330KV transmission line between Zimbabwe and Namibia through Zambia and Botswana.
The US$225 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of substations
2. Laying of sub-transmission lines
3. Laying of distribution lines
4. Installation of power transformers
5. Construction of other related infrastructure
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