Tata Power com­pletes hy­dropower pro­ject in Zam­bia

Electrical Monitor - - PROJECTS COMMISSIONED -

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

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