Zimbabwe: GE shows interest in hydropower project

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleNiger Delta to develop mini electric power gridsNext articleZambian Copperbelt Energy Corporation up for acquisition Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Featured image: Stock American multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE) has shown interest in investing in Zimbabwe’s Batoka Hydropower project.The company’s top executives recently appeared before parliament’s committee on mines and energy and have expressed their willingness to invest in aviation, locomotives, power and healthcare, reports the African Independent.The delegates included Serame Toukobong, the chief marketing officer of GE global operations for sub-Saharan Africa, director of project development Reginald Max and risk leader for Africa Todd Johnson.Max said: “We want to provide financial and technical support to the government. Zimbabwe is facing challenges because of limited financial resources.“As a Zimbabwean I know my country is generally misunderstood. We want to demonstrate to the world that there are opportunities in Zimbabwe.”Investments in hydropowerAccording to media, Max said he was optimist that GE’s goodwill visit would culminate in investment opportunities.He said: “We want to engage in the Batoka Power Plant, which is a game-changer for Zimbabwe. We also want to install mini hydro-power stations because Zimbabwe is blessed with a large density of dams.” Read more…The proposed S$1.6 billion station is expected to generate 1,600MW of hydropower from the Zambezi river which runs between Zimbabwe and Zambia.Max further highlighted that GE had previously supplied turbines and generators and played a key role in the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the Kariba South power station.It has also worked at Hwange Power Station in close partnership with power utility Zesa Holdings. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentcenter_img BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: Stock Finance and Policylast_img read more

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