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GE, PowerChina Hydro Project on Zambia-Zimbabwe Border Delayed

  • Construction is postponed until 2022 because of coronavirus
  • Local pension funds are being tapped for funding requirements

The developers of a $4 billion hydropower plant on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed the project until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pre-construction work on the Batoka Gorge project has been suspended for several months because of the virus and funding is still being secured, Zambezi River Authority spokesman Fitzgerald Muchindu said in an emailed response to questions. Work on the 2,400-megawatt facility had been scheduled to start in 2020.