Bikita Minerals completes power transmission project

by | Mar 25, 2024 | Business, International, Local News | 0 comments

Bikita Minerals completes power transmission project




Lithium miner Bikita Minerals has completed a $22 million, 132kV power transmission project that will boost both lithium production and bring electricity to surrounding communities.


The US$22 million power transmission line which stretches from Tokwe to Bikita will ensure improved lithium production at Bikita Minerals and provide electricity to surrounding communities.


Masvingo Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira applauded this private sector investment, highlighting its role in achieving Vision 2030 goals. He emphasised the National Development Strategy’s focus on private sector-led development to address the country’s infrastructure needs.


“Private sector investment can help to address the infrastructure deficit in the country and development should be private sector-led as outlined in the National Development Strategy One. In addition to introducing a 132 000-volt transmission line for Bikita Minerals, the project also introduced a 132 000-volt transmission line for Masvingo city.”


The Tokwe to Bikita powerline is part of the company’s strategy of ensuring reliable and secure power for its operations.


Bikita Minerals mine manager, Mr David Mwanza said, “Because we were using generators to generate power, this development will mean less reliance on diesel power for generation and reliant on the national grid which will be an advantage to us because of the pricing index to the power.”


The project has also created employment for locals.


“This line is very important for us as the Bikita community because it will ensure access to electricity for our schools, clinics and small businesses. Again, our children had an opportunity to be employed when the powerline was being constructed,” said Chief Marozva.


Bikita West legislator Honourable Nhatiso Makusha said, “Our community will benefit especially for those with small businesses, they will get reliant electricity.”


The completed power project strengthens Bikita Minerals’ operations, allowing the mining company to meet the constant power demands of its recently built Spodumene and Petalite processing plants.