Kabwelume is a 62MW hydro power project. It is planned on Kalungwishi river/basin in Luapula, Zambia. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2024 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2026.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 62 62 Permitting Luapula, Zambia


The project is currently owned by Government of Zambia.

Kabwelume is a run-of-river project. The project cost is expected to be around $54.508m.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2024. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2026.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project will be sold to ZESCO under a power purchase agreement.

Contractors Involved

China National Electric Engineering is expected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.


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