Ngonye Falls is an 180MW hydro power project. It is planned on Zambezi river/basin in Western, Zambia. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2021 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2024.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 180 180 Permitting Western, Zambia Eleqtra; Western Power


The project is being developed by Eleqtra and Western Power. The project is currently owned by Western Power.

Ngonye Falls is a run-of-river project. The gross head of the project will be 22.5m. The project is expected to generate 830 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $200m.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2021. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2024.

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Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project will be sold to ZESCO under a power purchase agreement for a period of 25 years.

About Eleqtra

Eleqtra Ltd (Eleqtra), formerly Eleqtra (Infraco) Limited, is a project development and investment firm. The company’s service offerings include construction, project or plant development, equity investments, operations and portfolio management. Eleqtra invests in infrastructure projects focused on power and energy; agriculture, water, sewage, and transportation sectors. Infraco’s projects comprise Mwambwa Hydropower and Solar PV; Pavua Hydropower, Chiansi Irrigation Infrastructure, Lake Albert Infrastructure Services and Kalangala Infrastructure. The company’s projects are located in Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. Eleqtra is headquartered in London, Greater London, the UK.


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