Construction of Zambia’s 620-kW Kasanjiku micro hydropower project is set to resume this month after a six-month long hiatus, Rural Electrification Authority officials report.
Work on Kasanjiku (also spelled Kasanjiko) was suspended due to heavy rain in November. Now, REA said, work on the project’s canal, four-meter high dam, powerhouse and other infrastructure will continue with the goal of completing the plant by the end of this year.
The small hydroelectric facility is located at Kasanjiku Falls on the Kasanjiku River.
HydroWorld.com reported that the grid associated with the plant was completed by REA in November. Power generated by the plant will be distributed to residential areas and several clinics, schools and churches.
Kasanjiko was one of many hydro sites studied by REA, with a capacity of 500 kW to 3.5 MW. It was reported to be the first hydroelectric project REA is developing.
REA was established in 2003 to provide electricity infrastructure to the entire nation, targeting rural communities as mandated by the government. The electrification program will continue until all rural areas in Zambia have been electrified by either the extension of the national grid or other forms of energy between now and 2030, according to the website.
REA’s stakeholders include the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Swedish International Development Agency, World Bank and European Union.