The Ngonye Falls hydroelectric project is being developed by Western Power under an Implementation Agreement with the Zambian Government and in partnership with the community of the Western Province of Zambia. Western Power is headquartered in Lusaka and managed by a team of experienced Zambian and international professionals with expertise in engineering, infrastructure development, finance and construction.
Development and Funding Partners
Western Power’s shareholders, funders and development partners are each providing their unique skills and experience to the development as well as ensuring that the project has sufficient funding to successfully design, construct and operate the project.
Barotse Royal Establishment
The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) is the administration of the Kingdom of Barotseland headed by His Majesty the Litunga who is the traditional leader of the communities of western Zambia. The BRE represents all the communities that host the Ngonye Falls Project and own 6% of the project in trust for the community in recognition of the natural resources being supplied to the development
The BRE have been instrumental in working with Western Power, the Government of Zambia and our other partners to bring the project to a successful conclusion having recognised the development benefits that the project will provide to the people of western Zambia.
African Power Projects
African Power Projects (APP) is a Mauritian project development company established to develop renewable power projects across Southern Africa. APP was set up by a group of private international investors and Zambians. APP has raised significant development funding for the Ngonye Falls project and is an active part of the Ngonye Falls management team in cooperation with InfraCo Africa.
InfraCo Africa is an infrastructure development facility of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). InfraCo Africa seeks to alleviate poverty by mobilising private sector expertise and finance to develop infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa’s poorer countries. InfraCo Africa receives funding through PIDG’s publicly funded trust, from the governments of the UK (DFID), the Netherlands (DGIS) and Switzerland (SECO).
InfraCo Africa is a major shareholder in Western Power and is supporting the company with significant development funding as well as expertise in the form of experienced infrastructure development professionals working for the project in Zambia and internationally.
InfraCo Africa use their experience in the development and financing of major infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa to ensure that the project is developed, constructed and will be operated to the highest standards of governance and environmental and social sustainability.
Development Bank of Southern Africa
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is a development finance institution that seeks to advance the development impact in Southern Africa by expanding access to development finance and effectively integrating and implementing sustainable development solutions. DBSA seeks to improve quality of life, support economic growth, support regional integration and promote sustainable use of scarce resource.
DBSA has supported Western Power from the earliest stages of the project through their Project Preparation Fund which has provided funding for key project studies from inception through to bankable feasibility. Through their involvement DBSA has facilitated significant additional private and public investment in the project.
Western Power has retained a group of world-class advisers to assist in the development of the project including: