Hydroelectric Power Plants in Malawi & Tanzania

Kapichira
Location: Malawi
Operator: Electricity Supply Corp of Malawi
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW Francis
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: Voith, Impsa
EPC: TAMS Consultants
Quick facts: In 1992, a consortium of Tippets-Abbot-MacCathy-Statton Inc (TAMS) along with Knight Piesold and Merz and McLellan were contracted this hydroelectric plant at Kapichira Falls, downstream of Tedzani Falls on the Shire River in the southern district of Chikwawa. The plant has an 830m long, 26m high rock and earth-fill dam and a surface powerhouse. Siemens supplied the plant substation. Escom provided 30% of the funding for the $130mn project. The balance came from the International Development Agency of the World Bank, KfW, European Investment Bank, Commonwealth Development Corp, and FMO. Delays in financing and heavy flooding of the civil works slipped the original schedule by over two years, but the plant was finally inaugurated by Malawi’s President Bakili Muluzi on 30 September 2000. The site was sized for two more 32-MW sets.

Photograph courtesy of American Consulting Engineers Council
Posted 25 Jul 2001

Kidatu
Location: Tanzania
Operator: Tanzania Electric Supply Co
Configuration: 4 X 50 MW Francis
Operation: 1975-1980
T/G supplier: Voith, Listroj, Koncar

Photograph courtesy of Koncar
Posted 17 Aug 2004

Lower Kihansi
Location: Tanzania
Operator: Tanzania Electric Supply Co
Configuration: 3 X 60 MW Pelton
Operation: 1999-2000
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ABB
EPC: Norplan, Impregilo
Quick facts: This 25m dam on the Kihansi River, a tributary to Kilombero river, impounds a small reservoir. The dam is equipped with sediment flushing gates and an intake structure with trash-racks and gates. The intake connects to the headrace tunnel via a circular unlined 500m vertical headrace shaft.

Photograph courtesy of Matest
Posted 19 Mar 2006

 

Mawengi
Location: Tanzania
Operator: Lupande-Madunda-Mawengi Community Assoc (LUMAMA)
Configuration: 1 X 150 kW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: ZECO
Quick facts: The planning for this project started in 2005 with a a proposal from the Njombe Development Office (NDO) to the Italian NGO Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e in America Latina (ACRA). Funding was also received from the World Bank and the the Rural Energy Agency (REA). A second T/G set is in the original design.

Photograph by Chris Grecean (Picasaweb)
Posted 28 Jul 2012

Nkula Falls-A
Location: Malawi
Operator: Electricity Supply Corp of Malawi
Configuration: 3 X 8 MW Francis
Operation: 1966-1967
T/G supplier: English Electric
EPC: Knight Piesold
Quick facts: Voith Siemens completed a refurbishment project at the "A" plant which resulted in a slight increase in output.

Photograph courtesy of Electricity Supply Corp of Malawi
Re-posted 20 Mar 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 20-Mar-2013

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