Small hydroelectric project in Zimbabwe gets approval

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe 2/13/12 (PennWell) -- An application to build a US$13 million small hydroelectric plant near Zimbabwe's Lake Mutrikwi has been approved by the Masvingo Rural District Council, sources report.

The application was submitted by the Great Zimbabwe Hydro-Power Company, which is jointly owned by Zimbabwe's ZOL and South Africa's New Planet.

The company has asked for five hectares of land for the 5-MW hydropower plant, which should be in operation by March 2014.

The plant is one of two currently being developed by Zimbabwe, sources say. Another 5-MW facility at Tokwe-Murkosi is planned for completion in 2013.

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