Multinational - Zizabona Power Interconnection Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Dec 2012
Signature Date 25 Feb 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Commitment U.A 1,369,139.12
Status Completion

Project General Description

The ZIZABONA project aims at increasing trade in energy among Zimbabwe, Zambia, northern Malawi and north-eastern Mozambique. The project has been selected as a priority regional project under the AfDB regional integration strategy paper, and it is a segment of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) interconnection corridor. When fully operational, the ZIZABONA transmission interconnector will, among other things, allow NamPower to import directly from Hwange in Zimbabwe. Currently, electricity from the Hwanga Power Station is routed to Namibia through South Africa. This Power interconnection when implemented would link directly the four important power national markets concerned, and strengthen the overall SAPP and enhance trade between all countries in the networks, including with South Africa. Additionally, it will promote increased trade within SADC by providing another power transmission corridor. NEPAD-IPPF grant is seeking a grant of US$1.9 million to support the ZIZABONA Members through SAPP to: 1) Update the Environmental Impact Assessment in Zambia because of the design changes; 2) To assess the economic and financial viability of the project; 3) To improve the design and structure of the project; 4) To improve project supervision and administration capacity of the SAPP. The duration of preparatory works is estimated to be eighteen (18) months from the date of contract signature and the SAPP will be the executing agency.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to undertake advance preparatory work related to environmental Impact Assessment, legal advisory services, project documentation, financial advisory services, project packaging and supervision and coordination in order to secure the financing required to implement the interconnection.


The project will benefit population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries by offering competitive cost power and increased energy access.

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility
Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-F00-043
Last Update 30 Nov 2022


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-18.25 35 Mozambique
-14.33333 28.5 Zambia
-19 29.75 Zimbabwe