Feasibility Study for developing a small Hydropower Station in Zambia

Feasibility Study for developing a small Hydropower Station in Zambia

In July 2015, EXERGIA was called to provide environmental services under the leadership of GOPA-Intec in the framework of the preparation of a feasibility study for a small HPP in Kafue Gorge in Zambia.

The Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre (KGRTC) is a well-respected and a long established institution for hydropower training for regional power utilities. The KGRTC is located at Kafue Gorge at the Kafue River, tributary of Zambezi, close to the existing Kafue Gorge Power Station (KGPS) with 900 MWel, which is owned and operated by ZESCO (the electricity utility of Zambia). Downstream to the existing KGPS, ZESCO soon will start to construct the 750 MWel Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Station (KGLHPS). Due to the rapidly increasing energy sector demands for capacity building and to increase its sustainability, KGRTC also intends to develop a new Small Hydropower Station close to the Training Centre at Kafue Gorge. First investigations showed that there are several locations along the last steep stretch of the Kafue River, in the vicinity of the existing KGPS and the tailrace of the planned KGLHPS. The project comprises a Feasibility study for the new KGRTC Small Hydropower Station, including selection of the optimum location, the capacity of the plant and study of the technical and economic characteristics of the investment.

EXERGIA is responsible for the environmental study of the new KGRTC Small Hydropower Station, which will comply with national and international best practice. The main services comprise the following:

  • review of the existing documentation and studies relevant to the area, such as the EIA for the planned KGLHPS
  • contribution to the selection of the optimum alternative for the siting and the capacity of the new KGRTC Small Hydropower Station, by identifying and mapping environmental restrictions
    scoping study for the selected alternative
  • environmental and social impact assessment for the new KGRTC Small Hydropower Station, as per national and international standards, including description of the receiving environment, impact assessment and mitigation and environmental management and monitoring plan.
  • stakeholder engagement plan and contacts with affected individuals and stakeholder groups