Kafue Gorge Upper is a 990MW hydro power project. It is located on Kafue river/basin in Southern, Zambia. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1967 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1971.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 990 990 Active Southern, Zambia ZESCO


The project is developed and owned by ZESCO.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 770 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 600m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1967 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1971.

Contractors Involved

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The hydro power project consists of 6 turbines.


ZESCO Ltd (ZESCO) is an integrated electric utility. The company generates, transmits, distributes and supplies electricity in Zambia. It maintains a portfolio of hydro and thermal based electricity generating units. ZESCO’s key generating plants include the Kafue Gorge power station; Victoria Falls power station; and Kariba North Bank power station. The company’s services include load management, prepaid metering, faults reporting and others. Its distribution system comprises the main network from the national grid and isolated networks from stand-alone diesel power stations to supply electricity across Zambia. ZESCO is headquartered in Lusaka, Zambia.


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