Zambia seeks EPC contractor for 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydro development project

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Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO) invites applications for pre-qualification to construct the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydroelectric development project on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis. Responses are due June 7.

ZESCO invited expressions of interest in March for design and construction supervision and for a transaction adviser for Kafue Gorge Lower, which 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 downstream from the tailrace tunnel outlet of the 900-MW Kafue Gorge project.

On the drawing boards for several years, the US$1.5 billion Kafue Gorge Lower was delayed due to the global financial crisis and technical difficulties with the initial project site, which in 2008 was moved a few hundred meters downstream to a less complicated site. ZESCO reportedly signed an agreement in 2010 to develop the project with China Africa Development Fund and SinoHydro, with a US$1 billion loan from China Development Bank. The remaining US$500 million was expected to be provided by equity partners.

ZESCO invites applications for pre-qualification from EPC contractors to design, construct, transport, install, test, start-up, and commission the Kafue Gorge Lower project, which includes a power plant with five 150-MW turbine-generators and a 140-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam. The work is expected to require 54 months.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the address below for 1,000 kwachas (US$187) or the equivalent in a convertible currency.

Applications for pre-qualification, labeled “ZESCO/068/2013 – Pre-qualification Document for Procurement of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Contract for the 750-MW Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower Project” are to be deposited by 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the tender box at the address below. ZESCO said it expects to issue invitations to bid in July.

For information, contact N.C. Nchimunya, Senior Manager, Procurement, ZESCO Ltd. Head Office, 2nd Floor, New Building, Stand No. 6949 Great East Road, Lusaka, Zambia; Tel/Fax: (260) 211-223971; E-mail:,; Internet:

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