Kariba South Extension is a 300MW hydro power project. It is located on Zambezi river/basin in Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 2014 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2017. Buy the profile here.

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The project is developed and owned by Zimbabwe Power.

The net head of the project is 89m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 2 in number. The penstock diameter is 6.5m.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 2014 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2017.

Contractors involved

Sinohydro was selected to render engineering procurement construction services for the hydro power project.

Harbin Electric Machinery was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of francis turbines, each with 150MW nameplate capacity.

Harbin Electric Machinery supplied 2 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 180 MVA.

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About Zimbabwe Power

Zimbabwe Power Co Ltd (ZPC), a subsidiary of Zesa Holdings Pvt Ltd, is a power company that generates and sells electricity. The company carries out coal to generate electricity and has four coal-fired power stations located in Hwange, Bulawayo, Munyati and Harare. Its hydro and solar power stations add a small contribution to the total electricity generated. Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority monitors the activities of ZPC. The company sells electricity through Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company. ZPC is headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe.

This content was updated on 22 April 2024

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