09 April 2019

The Zambezi River Authority has announced that rehabilitation works on
Kariba Dam project located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is on schedule.

Contract Engineer with the ZRA, Sudden Mukuwe, said
that the challenges that had delayed the project,t  including construction
of an access road to carry a 130-tonne crane into the Zambezi River, have been

Kariba dam stands at stands 128 metres tall and 579
metres long. The dam forms Lake Kariba which extends for 280 kilometres and
holds 185 cubic kilometres of water.

Plans to rehabilitate the dam started in 2014 after
experts advised that it should be repaired after cracks emerged on its walls.
Experts had warned that Africa’s largest man-made lake, which measures 226 km
long and in some places 40 km wide, would collapse if nothing was done to
repair it.

Rehabilitation works on the project include
reshaping the plunge pool downstream of the dam wall, which commenced in 2017,
and the rehabilitation of the spillway. The spillway consists of the six gates
in the upper part of the concrete dam wall through which the ZRA releases water
into the plunge pool to manage the reservoir water levels.

“The spillway rehabilitation will ensure the
continued safe, controlled release of water from the reservoir when this is
required. It will restore the Kariba Dam to full operability and ensure its
continued contribution to energy security and economic growth, prosperity and
poverty alleviation in the southern African region,” said Engineer Munyaradzi
Munodawafa, CE of the Zambezi River Authority.

The rehabilitation of the dam is being financed by the European Union (EU), the World Bank, the Swedish government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) while the two governments have also contributed counterpart funding.

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