Zimbabwe - Alaska – Karoi Power Transmission Reinforcement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2016
Signature Date 06 Feb 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 13,540,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Alaska- Karoi Transmission Line Reinforcement Project involves the construction of a 132-kV single-pole electricity transmission line, 85 km long, between the 330 substation and kV / 132 kV Alaska and a new 132/330 kV substation in Karoi. The distribution network in Makonde and Hurungwe districts will also be upgraded to increase efficiency and connectivity. The project was conceived in view of the need for the Government of Zimbabwe to increase available capacity, expand access to electricity, improve the reliability of electricity supply and reduce losses along the Alaska- Karoi transmission line. Given the current excessive use of diesel generators in the project area, expanding access to electricity will have a positive impact on the environment and contribute to increased economic activity. The total project cost, excluding taxes and other duties, is estimated at US $ 22,046,700 (UA 15.910 million). It has four components: (i) the first component relates to the transmission line supporting the Zimbabwe Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC); (ii) the second component concerns technical assistance supporting the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings in the development of a long-term priorities and network master plan, production-oriented plan, transportation and distribution of the asset base; (iii) the third deals with the conduct of environmental and social impact studies for future projects in the reserve of projects targeting the energy sector; and (iv) the last component is social impact and targeting support to communities directly affected by the project.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the country's secondary electricity transmission grid, leading to greater reliability and quality of power supply in and around Karoi, in addition to the development of a national master plan for the long-term priorities of generation, transmission and distribution assets.


The project will benefit local communities in Karoi City and Makonde and Hurungwe Districts. Targeted beneficiaries include people living, working and / residing in the area; large industrial enterprises; micro, small and medium enterprises; educational and health institutions; and socio-cultural centers. A total of nine health clinics, a hospital, a home for the elderly, a children's home, 18 schools and 38 villages will benefit directly or indirectly from the project.

Participating Organization

Government Of Zimbabwe
Transition Support Facility
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZW-FA0-004
Last Update 27 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Seaga Abram MOLEPO
Email s.molepo@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Zimbabwe
Coordinates Location Name
-17.16667 30.08333 Makonde District
-16.41301 29.5858 Hurungwe District