The project consists of the upgrading of the existing 341 km Kafue–Muzuma–Livingstone transmission line from 220 to 330 kilovolts, including the upgrading of the two substations related to this line, and the construction of one new substation. The line interconnects the Victoria Falls hydro power station in the south-eastern part of the country to the load and production centres situated in the centre of Zambia. It forms part of a new regional north-south connection that interconnects the Zambian and Namibian networks, bypassing the congested, unreliable network of Zimbabwe. The total project cost is estimated at USD 100m and will be co-financed by the EIB, the World Bank and by the project Promoter, the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, ZESCO.
The EU-AITF Technical Assistance grant of EUR 418,333 was used to fund the Lenders’ Engineer (LE) to strengthen and accompany the implementation capacity of the promoter (ZESCO) for the Project. The LE has to interact closely with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for all matters related to physical implementation and financial follow-up (e.g. procurement, disbursement, monitoring, reporting). As the Itezhi Tezhi Hydro Project has the same promoter and similar characteristics, the same TA (i.e. the same LE) was also supporting the latter project.