Malawi - Kholombidzo Hydro Electric Power Plant Feasibility Study

Project Summary

Approval Date 25 Mar 2013
Signature Date 23 May 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 2,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

In Malawi, changes in power demand scenarios within the past 10 years, coupled with tremendous environmental degradation has drastically negatively affected the operation and efficiency of the existing power generating plants, which are hydro-based. This, coupled with problems faced in the realization of the power development options outlined in the 1998 Power Development Master Plan study, has forced the Government of Malawi to critically reexamine its power development options in the short and medium term. In order to critically address the prevailing and projected power requirements for the country, while at the same time ensuring that the system’s reliability is improved, the Government has formulated a number of interventions, one of which is the undertaking of a feasibility study for the development of the Kholombidzo Hydropower plant.

Project Objectives

The intervention will produce a feasibility study for the future development of a power generation project to contribute to the expansion of electricity generating capacity in Malawi, which would ultimately contribute to addressing electricity shortages and enabling the delivery of reliable energy and electricity access expansion in Malawi.


Since the study will deal with a project that will deliver energy into the national grid, the ultimate beneficiary will be the entire country which will experience improved energy supply resulting from the development based on the outcomes of the study.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Energy Department of Energy Affairs


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-FA0-001
Last Update 30 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name HARMSE Liezl Cecilia

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-12 34.5 Lake Nyasa
-14.766 35.283 Shire River Source