The Itezhi-Tezhi Hydropower Project (ITT) consists of two components.
a) The development, financing construction, operation and maintenance of a 120MW base load Hydro Power Plant at the site of the existing ITT dam on the Kafue River in Zambia.
b) The new Transmission Line (of approximately 280km) via Mumbwa onto Lusaka West that will connect the power station to the national grid and through it to the SAAP. The transmission line is to be developed, constructed, financed and operated by ZESCO.
The overall project is attractive since it will take advantage of an existing infrastructure with the dam being operated since more than 30 years. Adding a power station will thus limit construction/cost/risk as well as keeping environmental impact low and minimizing resettlement. The new Transmission Line will wheel renewable energy produced from a remote area for the benefit of Zambia and ultimately of the SAAP region.
The EU-AITF Technical Assistance grant was used to fund the Lenders’ Engineer (LE) to strengthen and accompany implementation capacity of the promoter (ZESCO) for the Project. The LE interacted closely with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for all matters related to physical implementation and financial follow-up (e.g. procurement, disbursement, monitoring, reporting). As the Transmission Line Kafue Livingstone Project has the same promoter and similar characteristics, the same TA (i.e. the same LE) also supported the latter project. The Service Contract was signed during the second quarter of 2013 and the LE carried out his assignments until June 2016.