British firm wins Batoka impact assessment bid

via British firm wins Batoka impact assessment bid | The Source April 10, 2014

A British consultancy has won the bid to carry out a mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment on the proposed $3 billion Batoka Gorge Hydro Electricity Power Station project, a source familiar with the developments said on Thursday.

Britain’s Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which has operations in more than 40 countries, will carry out the assessment through its South African office, a Zambezi River Authority official told The Source.

The ZRA manages Zimbabwe and northern neighbour Zambia’s joint ownership of the project.

“ERM charged $1.4 million for the project,” said the source, following a recommendation by Project Steering Committee when it met two months ago in Livingstone, Zambia.

The committee is a joint Zimbabwe-Zambia team formed to spearhead the Batoka power project which will see the construction of two power stations with a combined capacity of 1600 megawatts to be shared equally between the two countries.

The British company is expected to complete the project in 12 months.

However, the official said the project could take longer because of the need for a resettlement action plan for the transmission lines which can only be completed after route surveys have been provided.


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    Littledorrit 8 years ago

    Maybe ask them to carry out a forensic audit of govt expenditure while they are in the region – hope Zims share is paid up-front!

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    No one is in need for British firm, let them stay in their snowing lands, otherwise can Zimbabwean firms operate in British, they don’t need, anyway have your firms in your countries!

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    gorongoza 8 years ago

    Umaari, did you even read the story? Zim can not dicate what happens to the project entirely. Its shared with Zambia, and pple over there do not read much into propaganda and rubbish zanu stuff. They want things that move. Noone generates power from propaganda…if it was possible, zim would have lots of power, and even exporting some!

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    kutongwa nonjazi 8 years ago

    Umaari ! Maiweee kumwe kupenga kunoda chinyararire. Propaganda is very dangerous. Kumboona pakati Britain wotonzwa manyoka,, I am sorry to say that you need a lot of help to think normally.