After 60 years of serving the people of Zimbabwe and Zambia, routine monitoring of the Kariba Dam has identified the need for rehabilitation works to ensure its longevity, long term efficient operation into the future and its continued contribution to energy security and economic prosperity in the region.
The Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project (KDRP) comprises the reshaping of the plunge pool and the refurbishing of the spillway gates.
Large scale engineering works like the KDRP take several years and the KDRP is no exception to this. From the start of the planning and procurement process to the completion of the works, the KDRP will take ten years.
The works commenced in 2017 with the plunge pool reshaping and according to the current project programme, the KDRP will be completed in 2025.
The $294 million project is being funded by the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, the government of Sweden and the Zambezi River Authority on behalf of the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, through a combination of grants and loans.