Zambia - Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 13 Jun 2012
Signature Date 19 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 36,400,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Itezhi-Tezhi (ITT) power plant and transmission project consists of the construction, operation and maintenance of a 120 MW base load hydro power plant at the Itezhi-Tezhi (ITT) dam on the Kafue River in Zambia and the transmission line to evacuate the power to the proposed Mumbwa and Lusaka West substations. The Itezhi-Tezhi Hydropower Plant (ITT) part combines a public-private partnership (PPP) clean-energy generation and a public transmission line to evacuate power in Zambia. Concerning the transmission line, it will evacuate power from the ITPC power plant through a 142 km, 220 kV single-circuit line to a new substation at Mumbwa and a 134 km, 330 kV double-circuit line from Mumbwa to Lusaka West substation. The project will bring both local and national benefits through increased access to electricity, jobs, and social services. The project has three components, namely (i) ZESCO’s shareholding in the PPP generation company ITPC; (ii) the transmission line and substations owned by ZESCO that will evacuate the ITPC-generated power; and (iii) technical assistance to ZESCO for an updated cost of service study (COS) and support to negotiating current and future bulk power supply agreements with large consumers.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to a) develop, construct and operate a 120 MW hydro power station; b) 142km 220kV and 134km 330kV transmission lines.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the populations of the four districts involved in the project namely: Itezhi-Tezhi, Mumbwa, Chibombo and Kafue. These populations are estimated at 819,440 inhabitants (2010 population census). In addition, the project will provide electricity to the national grid.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Nigerian Trust Fund
ZESCO Limited


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZM-FA0-003
Last Update 29 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name SIMAINGA Mundia

Geographic Location

Country Zambia
Coordinates Location Name
-14.98293 27.0619 Mumbwa
-15.4067 28.2871 Lusaka
-15.7599 26.0213 Itezhi-Tezhi Dam
-15.6199 28.4413 Kafue district
-15.8 28.3167 Kafue
-14.6569 28.0706 Chibombo