Malawi seeks feasibility study of 370-MW Kholombidzo hydro project

Malawi’s Energy Ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 160- to 370-MW Kholombidzo hydroelectric project proposed for the Shire River. Responses are due September 20.

The African Development Bank approved a US$2 million grant in March to study Kholombidzo, which is proposed to address electricity shortages in Malawi. Malawi has issued a number of recent solicitations, seeking consultants to perform environmental studies, engineers, construction supervision, and a series of river control and management tasks.

The ministry previously said it would seek consultants to undertake a feasibility study and preliminary designs of Kholombidzo including the updating of screening studies from 1985 to 1998. Consultants also are to use information from the integrated water resources plan for Lake Malawi and the Shire River system to confirm optimal location and layout for the hydro plant. The consultants are to produce a full bankable feasibility study and preliminary designs for use in seeking financing. The work is to require 15 months.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, labeled “Kholombidzo Hydroelectric Power Plant Feasibility Study,” are due to the address below by 2 p.m. September 20.

For information, contact Project Coordinator Lewis Mhango, Ministry of Energy, P/Bag 350, Lilongwe, Malawi; (265) 770688; Fax: (265) 770094; E-mail:

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