Zambia building first mini-hydro grid to transmit power from 620-kW Kasanjiku small hydro

Construction of the first mini-hydro grid has been commissioned by Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina, under the Rural Electrification Authority, according to Lusakatimes.com.

The 620-kW Kasanjiku (or Kasanjiko) project is at Kasanjiku Falls on the Kasanjiku River, and the dam is expected to be 4 meters high. The mini-grid will supply power to Luwi Mission Hospital, eight primary schools, three high schools, four rural health centers, one local court, churches, trading centers, and households.

CCC Engineering Ltd. announced in December 2015 that it received an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Kasanjiku project.

REA announced in 2011 that it would carry out feasibility studies and detailed engineering design of Kasanjiku (then with a capacity of 500 kW), 3-MW Chikata Falls and 700-kW Zengamina 2.

The facility is expected to cost US$8.2 million.

The government of Zambia has a rural electrification master plan to “guide systematic electrification of rural areas of Zambia up to the year 2030,” Lusakatimes.com reports.

REA was established in 2003 to provide electricity infrastructure to the entire nation, targeting rural communities as mandated by the government. REA’s stakeholders include the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Swedish International Development Agency, World Bank and European Union.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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