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Itezhi Tezhi


Period
2012 - 2032

Implementing agencies
AFD

African partners
Government, Other public body

Names of African partners involved
Republic of Zambia, ZESCO

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
AFD, AfDB, EU-Africa ITF, PROPARCO, EIB, FMO and DBSA

Geographical scope
Country

Countries where active
Zambia

Sectors
Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation

Type of intervention

Type of technical assistance
Project preparation / implementation

Gender focus
No

Climate focus
Yes

Type of financing
Debt

Main objectives
The project is part of a program comprising the construction of a hydro power plant and the construction of a power transmission line. This project will reinforce the power grid in Zambia, a central country in the subregion, while having a direct impact on regional interconnections. It will also increase energy security and the share of renewable energies in a regional power system dominated by South Africa (80% of generation) where over 90% of the energy mix is based on coal. From a social perspective, the project will reinforce and expand the distribution grid on the outskirts of Mumbwa and Itezhi Tezhi, which will provide some 50,000 people with access to electricity.

Main activities
AFD’s financing concerns the 276 km-long transmission line and the reinforcement of the associated substations, from the Itezhi Tezhi Dam to Lusaka, the capital. This component comprises: The construction of the transmission line for the Itezhi Tezhi Dam in Mumbwa, over a distance of 142 km; The construction of the Mumbwa substation, with 33 kV lines to supply Mumbwa and the surrounding area; The construction of a 134 km-long transmission line from Mumbwa to Lusaka; The extension and renovation of the Lusaka West substation to accommodate the new lines. The construction of the 120 MW power plant is led by Itezhi Tezhi Power Company (ITPC), a project company with the USD 237m of financing for this investment involving AfDB, PROPARCO, EIB, FMO and DBSA.

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Sources
https://www.afd.fr/fr/une-energie-renouvelable-pour-repondre-la-demande-croissante-delectricite

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