The Zambian Government had plans to meet the rising electricity demand with additional hydropower installations, improvement and expansion of existing hydropower installations, the addition of solar PV farms and the possible addition of geothermal power stations. With a total installed capacity of 2,827 MW for electricity production, Zambia largely relies on major hydropower projects (2,388 MW), with the remaining energy coming from coal (300 MW), heavy fuel oil (50 MW), diesel (89 MW), and solar power plants (0.06 MW).
Scope of work
Proess was engaged by Mpishi Energy to conduct a pre-feasibility study of 4 hydropower sites with a generation capacity upwards of 200 MW.
Prefeasibility Studies were carried out for 4 sites that included:
- Kabompo hydropower site in the north-western province, located in Kabompo district a second-order administrative division, northern province about 5-hour drive to the southwest of Solwezi.
- Matukuta hydropower site on river Muombezhi in the north-western province, located about a 2-hour drive to the northwest of Solwezi towards Kalumbila/Lumwana.
- Ntumbashushi hydropower site on river Ngone in Luapula province, located in Mporokoso district a second-order administrative division, northern province.
- Lumangwe hydropower site on river Kalungwishi in the northern province located in Mporokoso district a second-order administrative division.
- Reconnaissance survey of proposed hydropower sites.
- Preliminary hydrological studies.
- Analysis of power evacuation from proposed hydropower sites.
- Preparation of prefeasibility Reports for the proposed hydropower sites.