Kolombidzo hydro power project feasibility study


  • Reference: P-MW-FA0-001
  • Approval date: 25/03/2013
  • Start date: 03/12/2013
  • Appraisal Date: 28/09/2012
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: Ministry of Energy Department of Energy Affairs
  • Location: Malawi


The proposed Kholombidzo hydroelectric power feasibility study will conduct an update of the previous screening studies undertaken from 1985 to 1998 to confirm the optimal location and layout of a hydro power plant. The proposed study will produce a full bankable feasibility study and preliminary designs for the optimal layout that could be used in sourcing financing for the detailed design and construction of the project. The consultant shall carry out the following tasks: -Compilation and initial review of previous documents and data -Hydrology- assessment of the hydrological parameters for the project based on available database and verify the quality of available data -Topography - Prepare digital maps for the whole project area which should be checked by ground surveys. -Geology - Conduct the detail geological investigation -Power Simulation: Carry out energy production simulation, for different reservoir volumes and for different discharge rates. -Project Layout - Propose optimum project lay out with the aim of utilizing the power potential of the site. -Load Forecast - Review and update the load forecast -Multipurpose use of the Dam - Verify if the dam can be used for multipurpose -ESIA and RAP - Conduct detailed ESIA and Rap for the project -Transmission System - Conduct selection of optimum voltage and optimum connection with national grid


Produce a feasibility study report for the future development of a power generation project to contribute to the expansion of electricity generating capacity in Malawi


The Government of Malawi's Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II, 2011 -2016), which aims to create wealth and reduce poverty through sustainable economic development and infrastructure development, was approved in April 2012. The MGDS II identifies six broad thematic areas including infrastructure development. There are five sub themes under infrastructure development, namely: energy; transport; water development; information and communication; and housing and urban development. The Government notes that infrastructure is a key component for creating an enabling environment for private sector driven growth and provision of timely and quality social services. However, the country faces a number of challenges such as inadequate energy generation and supply. From the infrastructure thematic area, energy, together with transport and water development, has been identified as key priority areas. The Government will thus focus on increasing the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and promote other energy sources with the aim of improving service delivery and increased output in the economy.

The Bank Group considers the support of infrastructure development in Malawi, especially in the power and energy sectors, as a critical lynchpin for economic development. The Bank Group's ICSP (2011 -2012) focuses on: (a) improving infrastructure (Pillar I); and (b) accelerating private sector development (Pillar II) as key priorities, both of which are addressed by the study. The proposed study is therefore in conformity with the ICSP and with the MGDS. It is also consistent with the Bank Group's MTS (2008-2012), which prioritizes private sector development through the creation of an enabling environment. The study is also aligned with the proposed two pillars of the new CSP covering 2012-2017 whose preparation is currently underway.


The study will produce a feasibility study report for the future development of a power generation project to contribute to the expansion of electricity generating capacity in Malawi. The report will be used to mobilise potential project developers and financiers. The study will therefore ultimately contribute to addressing electricity shortages and enable the delivery of reliable energy and electricity access expansion in Malawi.

Key contacts

HARMSE Liezl Cecilia - ONEC2


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 2,000,000
Co-financierUAC 150,000
TotalUAC 2,150,000