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Kafue Gorge Lower is a 750MW hydro power project. It is located on Kafue river/basin in Lusaka, Zambia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 2015 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021. Buy the profile here.

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The project was developed by Kafue Gorge Lower Power Development. The project is co-owned by Sinohydro and ZESCO, with their respective ownership stake of 50% each.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 80 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 200m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 5 in number. The penstock length is 740m. The penstock diameter is 4.8m. The project generated 2,575 GWh of electricity.

Kafue Gorge Lower (Kafue Gorge Lower Phase I) consists of 1 unit of francis turbine with 150MW nameplate capacity.

Kafue Gorge Lower (Kafue Gorge Lower Phase II) consists of 4 units of francis turbines with 150MW nameplate capacity.

The hydro power project consists of 5 generators each with 176 MVA nameplate capacity.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 2015 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021.

Power purchase agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to ZESCO under a power purchase agreement with a contracted capacity is 750MW.

Contractors involved

Sinohydro was selected to render engineering procurement construction services for the hydro power project.

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This content was updated on 10 November 2023

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide from announcement through to operation across all technologies and countries worldwide.