247 MW Kalungwishi Hydroelectric Project

247 MW Kalungwishi Hydroelectric Project

Lunzua Power Authority

Luapula, Zambia

  • 247 MW hydroelectric development (151 MW Kundabwika Falls and 96 MW Kabwelume Falls run-of-river hydroelectric projects)
  • 300 km of 330 kV transmission line
  • 10 km of 60 kV transmission line
Project Overview

The Kalungwishi Hydroelectric Project is located on the Kalungwishi River in the Northern and Luapula provinces of Zambia. The major components of the development include 151 MW Kundabwika Falls generating station and substation, 96 MW Kabwelume Falls generating station and substation, 300-km-long 330 kV transmission line and 10-km-long 60 kV transmission line and associated substations, and other associated access roads and site infrastructure.

The project will provide much needed energy to the Zambian electrical grid through a long-term power purchase agreement with ZESCO Limited.

Project Role

Knight Piesold was retained by Lunzua Power Authority as their owner’s engineer, providing technical assistance to secure the concession and rights to develop the project. In addition, Knight Piésold supported the client with:

  • Project optimization and permitting
  • Hydrology and energy generation studies
  • Preliminary engineering and tender design
  • EPC tender documents preparation
  • Tendering process facilitation
  • EPC contractor negotiations
  • Power purchase agreement negotiations
  • Project management and administration
  • Construction site supervision