MWH to help select developer for Zambia’s 750-MW Kafue Lower

MWH of the United States said July 14 it is to assist in the selection of an independent power producer to develop the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydroelectric project on the Kafue River in Zambia.

MWH received a US$1.5 million contract to serve as technical and economic consultant to the US$1.5 billion project. (HNN 5/14/08) The firm is to perform technical and economic feasibility studies for Kafue Lower under a two-year contract with the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. (IFC).

IFC is the lead transaction adviser to the Zambia government for the structuring and bidding of the eventual project to potential developers. Donor funding of the MWH consulting contract as well as for legal consultants comes from the DevCo Trust Fund. (HNN 11/6/07)

Kafue Gorge Lower is to be built at Kafue Gorge, 40 miles upstream of the confluence of the Kafue River and the Zambezi River. The new project is to be three miles downstream from the tailrace tunnel outlet of the 900-MW Kafue Gorge project. (HNN 7/4/08)

Kafue Gorge Lower is to utilize the remaining 650 feet of head on the Kafue River to contribute about 25 percent of Zambia’s entire supply of electricity. Construction is expected to take five to six years.

Copperbelt Energy Co. said in May that the supplier of power to Zambia’s copper and cobalt mines plans to bid to develop Kafue Gorge Lower. (HNN 5/22/08)

MWH said it started working in Zambia in the early 1990s with a feasibility study for increasing water supply to Lusaka. That was followed by other feasibility studies to develop the hydropower potential of Zambia, including the 120-MW Itezhi-Tezhi project (HNN 6/20/08), Kafue Gorge Lower, and a number of 60- to 300-MW projects on the Luapula and Kalungwishi Rivers. (HNN 5/14/08)

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