Tata Power completes hydropower project in Zambia
ata Power announced that it has commissioned two units of 60-mw each of its 120-mw Itezhi Tezhi hydropower project in Zambia, in which Tata Power has a 50 per cent stake. The synchronisation of both units was completed in January, 2016. The 120-mw Itezhi Tezhi Power Project is situated on the Itezhi Tezhi Dam. The initial purpose of the dam, constructed in the 1970s, was to serve as a reservoir for the Kafue Gorge power station. However, due to an acute power deficit in the late 2000s, the Zambian government revived its plans to construct a hydropower plant in close proximity to the dam site. The 120-mw project was, therefore, selected as a viable brownfield solution to address the power shortage in Zambia, and the Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation was incorporated in 2007. It is a first of a kind public private partnership in Zambia’s power sector, and is currently owned by Tata Power and ZESCO, a Zambian power utility, on a 50:50 basis on a 25 year BOOT concession term. ZESCO is the sole off-taker of power from the plant.
TElectrical Monitor, March 2016