MDH South Africa submits proposal to build 235 MW hydroelectric plant in Zambia

Developer MDH South Africa has submitted a proposal to construct a 235 MW hydropower project in Zambia’s Ndevu Gorge, according to a statement issued to the country’s embassy in Lusaka this week.

The US$1.26 billion plant would be located on the Luangwa River in the African country’s eastern region, creating a lake that would be about 165 kilometers long and 17 kilometers wide.

The document provided by MDH South Africa is an application for the authority to proceed with feasibility via Zambia’s Ministry of Energy. Further studies for the plant could begin within weeks such authority is granted.

The Ndevu Gorge plant would help make up for an energy deficit of about 600 MW, according to government data, though its approval is not a guarantee of its construction as MDH South Africa continues searching for investors.

HydroWorld.com reported in November that Zambia was already taking steps toward increasing its power supply in part through a a rural electrification master plan, which will “guide systematic electrification of rural areas of Zambia up to the year 2030.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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