World Bank to support sustainable hydropower development in the Zambezi Basin

World Bank to support sustainable hydropower development in the Zambezi Basin
IHA has been appointed by the World Bank to conduct a long-term programme of capacity building for sustainable hydropower, using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, for a range of hydropower developers in the Zambezi Basin in southern Africa.

The Zambezi Basin has a total capacity of 5 GW of hydropower, producing almost 33,000 GWh per year. Further development could increase firm energy production by 35,000 GWh per year or 60,000 GWh per year on average. The World Bank is engaged in a 10-15 year programme with the riparian states of Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and regional bodies. This will reduce obstacles to cooperation and identify and prepare strategic investments. The World Bank is already financing the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project (with African Development Bank and the EU), engineering studies and updating the ESIA for the Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Scheme (Zambia and Zimbabwe), and feasibility and ESIA studies for the Lower Fufu, Mpatamanga and Chimgonda sites in Malawi.

The programme to build capacity using the Protocol will work with the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) and the Joint Operating Technical Committee of ZAMDO (Zambezi Dam Operators). IHA will provide training and continuing support to developers, specifically ZESCO (Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation), ZRA (Zambezi River Authority), HCB (Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa, Mozambique), and ESKOM Malawi. The programme will include: Support for ZAMCOM and ZAMDO to participate in Protocol Governance Committee meetings and global hydropower events; An introductory regional-level training course; ‘On-the-job’ training through one guided internal assessments, using the Protocol, with each of four developers; Regional-level workshops to shore experience;
Provision of expert advice on addressing gaps identified through the internal assessments; and development of a tool for the management of actions arising from the Protocol assessments.

The programme kicked off in late May when Cameron Ironside and Doug Smith travelled to Livingstone in Zambia to deliver training to ZRA, ZESCO, and HCB.
06 June 2016


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