Zambezi River Authority - 2400 MW Batoka Hydroelectric Power Plant

General Information
Owner Zambezi River Authority
Masterplan Project (Parent Profile)
Location Livingstone, Southern, Zambia
Status --
Sector Power, Generation, Hydro Power Plant
Contract Type Build Operate Transfer (BOT)
Onshore/Offshore Onshore
Greenfield/Brownfield Greenfield
Progress 0
Estimated Budget Value ---
Contract Value 0
Net Value $5000m
Award Date September 2025
Completion Date December 2029
Last Updated On March 2024
ProjectId (Old, New) 133043, 133043


Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), a joint venture of the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe is planning to undertake the construction of a 2,400MW hydroelectric power plant on Zambezi River approximately 54 km downstream of the Victoria Falls. The project site is located across the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Annual energy (P50) production will be 10,215 GWh/y. The generated electricity will be shared equally between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with excess fed into the regional grid.

The electricity generated will be transmitted to Zambia through one double-circuit and one single-circuit 330kV overhead transmission line, and to Zimbabwe through one double-circuit and one-circuit 400kV overhead transmission line.

The project will provide a reliable source of power for Zambia and Zimbabwe's domestic demand and will contribute significantly to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

The US$5,000 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 720m long, 181m height RCC Gravity Arch dam

2. Construction of spillway with 12 radial gates of 13m tall and 14m wide

3. Construction of two surface power plants, one each on the North Bank and South Bank of the Zambezi River

4. Construction of 4.2km water tunnel

5. Construction of a 508,000km2 reservoir

6. Construction of access roads

7. Construction of administrative and housing facilities

8. Installation of six 200MW hydroelectric turbines

9. Installation of two 1.2GW power plants

9. Laying of 330kV transmission lines

10. Laying of 55km long, 330kV double-circuit transmission line

11. Laying of 170km-long single-circuit 330kV line

12. Laying of two 230km and 330kV, single circuit overhead transmission lines

Second Section

26 March 2024

The main contract tender has been issued, and bid submissions are expected to be in April 2025.

06 March 2024

Optimization studies have been completed on the project and construction works are expected to commence from Q1 2025.

22 January 2024

The pre-feasibility studies are progressing on the project.

29 October 2023

The client has received approval from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) for the development of the project.

04 August 2023

The main contract has been terminated.

01 December 2022

Zambezi River Authority is looking for financial support to start the construction on the project.

01 September 2022

Zambezi River Authority is looking for financial support to start the construction on the project.

01 June 2022

We have not been able to obtain further updates on this project. We have retained the same project stage and amended the key dates accordingly. We will update the profile as soon as we obtain any new information.

27 December 2021

Zambezi River Authority is seeking a firm for the provision of technical advisory consultancy services.

28 July 2021

Feasibility studies and pre-development works are progressing steadily.

31 March 2021

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) was completed and the finalization of preparatory activities for the implementation is expected to completed in 2021.

14 December 2020

ZRA is in discussion with the consortium of General Electric and PowerChina to agree on key project legal and financial issues to sign a concession agreement. However, additional geotechnical investigations are underway and the construction works are expected to commence in June 2021 after the mobilization of the required resources by the consortium.

22 October 2020

Additional geotechnical investigations and mobilization of funding are underway.

09 May 2020

The project was revived.

20 March 2020

Feasibility studies and the mobilization of project financing were put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

19 June 2019

General Electric and Power Construction Corporation of China was awarded US$4000 million DBOT contract.

20 February 2019

ZRA shortlisted three bidders.

10 December 2018

Project has been changed from Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model.

04 April 2018

Feasibility study activities are underway.

05 March 2018

MEWZ and MEPZ have commenced the preliminary financing arrangements.

01 October 2017

MEWZ and MEPZ have commenced the preliminary financing arrangements.

01 May 2017

Feasibility study activities are underway

01 October 2016

Feasibility study activities are underway

26 September 2016

AfDB has been appointed as a lead financial adviser for the project.

01 July 2016

Final stages of feasibility studies are underway.

01 January 2016

Feasibility studies on the project are underway.

01 November 2015

Feasibility studies on the project are underway.

01 August 2015

Feasibility studies on the project are underway.

01 April 2015

Feasibility studies on the project are underway.

01 January 2015

Government is undertaking the feasibility study to know the viability of the project.

01 November 2014

Project is in early development stage.

01 June 2014

Project is in early development stage.

01 May 2014

Project was revived by the Zimbabwe and Zambia government.

01 March 2014

The governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia canceled the tender and stalled the proposed project due to funding issues.

01 April 2013

The government of Zambia, ordered to prepare a revised environmental impact assessment study before the actual construction begins.

01 February 2013

Six companies shortlisted out of 25 companies for the construction of the project.

13 December 2012

Zambezi River Authority invited bids for the construction of the project with submission deadline as February 08, 2013.

17 February 2012

Zambia and Zimbabwe governments signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop the project.

17 November 2011

Zimbabwean government agreed to pay off the debt it owes Zambia.

22 January 2010

Batoka power project revived.

25 December 2006

Batoka Hydro Project stalled.

01 January 1992

MEWZ and MEPZ announced plans to develop the Batoka Hydroelectric Power Plant project.