Kariba Dam wall facelift set to be­gin

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba in Liv­ing­stone, Zam­bia

RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION work at the Kariba Dam wall will com­mence on Novem­ber 1, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment, Mr Part­son Mbiriri, said yes­ter­day.

In an in­ter­view dur­ing a me­dia tour here, Mr Mbiriri said con­trary to neg­a­tive me­dia re­ports that the dam wall was about to col­lapse, con­trac­tors would be work­ing on the plunge pool which was al­most eat­ing into the dam wall.

“The con­trac­tors have been iden­ti­fied and should start the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the plunge pool on the dam wall. The plunge pool, be­cause of the force of the wa­ter fall­ing and the na­ture of the rocks, had been eat­ing into the dam wall. So they are go­ing to put a slope so that when the wa­ter falls, it flows away from the dam wall,” he said.

The process, Mr Mbiriri said, had been slow be­cause they were deal­ing with four in­sti­tu­tions to en­sure that the work starts.

He also said Gov­ern­ment was in the process of look­ing for about $500 mil­lion to fi­nance the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Hwange 7 and 8 units.

Mr Mbiriri said some Chi­nese fi­nanciers had shown will­ing­ness to pro­vide re­sources for the project. — @ pchi­tumba1

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