Thursday, February 14, 2013

Two articles: China in the Upper Trishuli A Dam (Nepal) and Kariba Dam (Zimbabwe/Zambia)

Agitating workers of Upper Trishuli withdraw protests
My Republic
14 February 2013

TRISHULI, Feb. 14: The workers of Upper Trishuli Hydropower Project
Third 'A' have withdrawn their agitations from today after the
contractor agreed to meet the workers' demands within a week.

The workers agreed to return to work after the China Gezhouba Group
Company Ltd, the contractor of the project, promised to meet the
agitating workers' demands within a week, said Chandra Bahadur Tamang, a
worker in the project.

The workers were obstructing the construction works for three days
putting different demands including wage hike, facilities of government
leave and others.

The 60 MW project is being constructed in Trisuli river where the dam
lies in Dandagaon VDC of Rasuwa and powerhouse in Manakamana VDC of
Nuwakot district.

The run of the river project is being developed at the cost of US
dollars 89 million.


Zimbabwe: Kariba Power Project Set to Begin This Year
The Herald
14 FEBRUARY 2013

THE construction of Kariba South Hydropower Station is likely to begin
later this year, Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma
said yesterday. A Chinese firm, Sino Hydro, won the contract ahead of
five other bidders to build two units at Kariba with generating capacity
of 300 megawatts at a cost of US$368 million.

"The contractors are working on a detailed design (of the project) and
they have indicated that this may take six to eight months, and then the
actual construction will follow," said Minister Mangoma in an interview.

On the financial aspect, he said the funds for the project would be
available by the end of next month.

"We are working on the financial closure which should be ready by end of

The project will be completed in four years.

The contractor will design the plant, procure materials and build the
plant directly or sub-contract some of the work.

Minister Mangoma said bids for Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion
were being analysed. The two remaining bidders are from China, including
Sino Hydro and China National Machinery Corporation.

Sino Hydro has submitted a US$1,4 billion bid for the expansion of
Hwange for an additional 600 megawatts.

Zimbabwe is currently generating 1 400MW against demand of 2 200MW at peak.

Power shortage has spawned rolling power cuts to industrial, commercial
and domestic consumers of electricity. Fears abound that the shortage
would worsen as economic activity improves.

Industry is running at an average of 44,5 percent production capacity
due to a number of factors, chief among them lack of power and funding.
Industrial capacity stood at about 57 percent last year.

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