Mombutota CX is a 300MW hydro power project. It is planned on Luapula 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 2023 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 300 300 Permitting Luapula, Zambia Copperbelt Energy; ZESCO


The project is being developed by Copperbelt Energy and ZESCO. The project is currently owned by ZESCO.

Mombutota CX is a run-of-river project. The net head of the project will be 65.4m. The project is expected to generate 1,449 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $482.91m.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2023. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2026.

About Copperbelt Energy

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) is an electric utility that generates, transmits, distributes and sells energy. The company generates electricity from hydro, solar, gas, and thermal sources; transmits electricity through a network of transmission lines and high voltage substations and the control centers. It also invests in telecommunication projects to develop infrastructure. The company serves residential, industrial customers in Zambia and Nigeria. CEC is headquartered in Kitwe, Zambia.


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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