PER Lusulu Power is focused on the phased development of its large scale, long-life, integrated 2,100MW power plant project.
Phase 1A: 350MW Project
The power plant project will be developed in 3 phases of 2 x 350MW units, up to 2,100MW. The first 350MW will be installed with 305km of new 400KV transmission line to connect it to the North South inter-country transmission corridor at Alaska Substation.
Availability of coal supply
The PER Lusulu Power Plant will make use of the abundant shallow thermal coal available in Binga giving PER Lusulu Power a very competitive baseload tariff in the SADC region. PER is in negotiation to develop three new coal mines, one for each full phase, and will provide the technical and financial resources to develop each mine.
Water supply is guaranteed from Lake Kariba / Zambezi River through Zambezi River Water Authority (ZRWA) and ZINWA (Zimbabwe National Water Authority), even in drought conditions.
Local and Regional electricity off-take
Phase 1A is committed to ZETDC (Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company); subsequent phases are in negotiation to SAPP off-takers which includes facilitating the ZIZABONA (Zimbabwe-Zambia-Botswana-Namibia) Inter-connector Project and the East African Power Pool (EAPP) inter-connector line under construction.
Development of town
The project will result in a population of an estimated 12,000 people involved directly and indirectly in the power station and related activities. A town of 12,000 is to be established to accomodate this population.
Development of road network
PER, with the Zimbabwe Government, is planning upgrade and development of the district road network of about 120km. This is to facilitate access to the whole development, the delivery of coal from mines to the power station, and export of coking coal in due course.
Surfacing of the Binga-Karoi road will create the fastest and most direct link between Harare and Hwange/Victoria Falls.
Other communications facilities
Water communication already exists with a car-carrying water ferry service between Kariba town and Milibizi. The ferry docking facility may require upgrade.
Air transport will require the upgrade of the landing facilities which will be re-registered.
Telecommunications, mobile and internet banking facilities must be established.