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Batoka HES Project

Investors Conference Documents

  1. Project Overview Document | PDF, 3.4MB
  2. Conference Program | PDF, 0.6MB
  3. Project Brief (Brochure) | PDF, 9.3MB

Conference Speeches and Presentations

  1. Speech by the Minister Of Energy-Zambia, Hon. David Mabumba | PDF, 0.6MB
  2. Remarks by the Minister Of Energy-Zimbabwe, Hon. Dr. Samuel Undenge | PDF, 0.3MB
  3. Statement by the Minister Of Finance-Zimbabwe, Hon. Patrick A. Chinamasa | PDF, 0.7MB 
  4. Speech by the Minister of Finance-Zambia, Hon. Felix C. Mutati | PDF, 0.4MB
  5. Speech by the Vice President Of Zambia, Her Honour Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina | PDF, 0.5MB
  6. Keynote Speech For the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme, AFDB | PDF, 0.7MB
  7. Closing Remarks by the Permanent Secretary of Energy, Brig. Gen. Emelda Chola | PDF, 0.3MB
  8. Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme Investor Conference | PDF, 2.2MB

Project Site Location

The proposed Batoka Hydro-electric Scheme (HES) is located on the Zambezi River approximately 54 km downstream of the world famous Victoria Falls. The project site is located across the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe at Grid Reference 055-178 (scale 1:50000).


The Batoka HES was conceived in 1972 out of a study instituted by the predecessor of Zambezi River Authority, (Central African Power Corporation). The aim of the Study was to identify possible power sources which the intergovernmental institution could develop to meet the power demands of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Project Description

Catchment Area 508,000km2
Capacity 1,680 x 109 m3
Full Supply Level (FSL) 763 m
Surface Area At FSL 25.6 km2


Type RCC Gravity Arch 
Height 181m
RCC Volume 4.08 x 106m3


Type Crest Overflow with radial gates
No. of Gates 12
Width and height 14m wide x 13m high 
Design capacity 20000m3/s


Power Stations
Type Two underground (One North and one South Bank) 
Installed Capacity 1600MW (2x800 MW)

 Current Status

  • Reviewing of Engineering Feasibility Studies
  • Reviewing of Environmental & Social Impact Assessment studies
  • Securing of Finances for Implementation