JV commissions Itezhi Tezhi hydropower project, Zambia

11 February 2016

The 120MW Itezhi Tezhi hydropower project has been successfully commissioned in Zambia, with its two 60MW units synchronized in January.

The project is the first public-private partnership of its kind in the country, and is jointly owned by India's Tata Power and Zambian power utility ZESCO on a 50:50 basis on a 25 year BOOT concession term. ZESCO is the sole off-taker of power from the plant.

The project is situated on the Itezhi Tezhi Dam, which was initially constructed in the 1970s to serve as a reservoir for the Kafue Gorge power station. However, due to an acute power deficit in the late 2000s, the Government of Zambia revived its plans to construct a hydro power plant in close proximity to the dam site. The 120MW project was selected as a viable brownfield solution, with the Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation (ITPC) incorporated in 2007 to develop the project.

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