PF regime ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has contracted a South Africa company to build a dam in Luangwa.
It is not yet clear if the PF cabinet has approved such a huge undertaking that will see the displacement of Hunan beings, wildlife and destruction of plants.
Zambia and Zimbabwe are currently struggling to maintain the Kariba dam but now Zambia wants to borrow $1.26 billion to to construct a totally different dam for the sole purpose of hydropower.
According a statement issued by the Zambian embassy in Pretoria, MDH South Africa has been contracted to build a dam and 235 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric power station costing about $1.26 billion in Zambia.
‘MDH South Africa has identified as being an anchor developer for the Ndevu Gorge Power Project which is planned on the Luangwa River in eastern Zambia, the embassy statement said.
The Ndevu Gorge Hydro Power project involved building dam on the Luangwa River to create a lake that is 165km long and 17km wide at its broadest point, and which would drive a 235 MW power station, the statement said.
It said the initial estimate the construction cost was $1.26 billion. “This figure could change during the feasibility phase as the design aspects are finalised,” it said.