CEC, Zambia's main distributor of power to the country's mines, has sanctioned the development of a hydropower plant after completing a feasibility study.
The study involved a detailed assessment of the site and the environmental impact of the power project on the local community, according to Reuters.
CEC declared the project to be viable and recommended a generation capacity of 40MW.
The detailed site design, tendering and financing process for the project has commenced, according to the power distributor.
The power project is expected to be commissioned by 2015.
At present, Zambia generates 1,800MW, while peak power demand is estimated at 1,600MW.