Zambia authority to develop 590-kW Kasanjiko small hydropower station

A report by Zambia’s Daily Mail indicates the country’s Rural Electrification Authority plans to build a 590-kW small hydropower station on the Kasanjiko River in Mwinilunga.

The facility is expected to cost US$8.2 million, and work is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016.

The power station will be managed by the local community, and REA will work with the National Rural Research Institute of Rural Electricity of China to complete the facility.

Kasanjiko is one of many hydro sites studied by REA, with a capacity of 500 kW to 3.5 MW. The dam at Kasanjiko is expected to be 4 meters high and is 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.

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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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