Emergency Power Restoration Project (WB-P178914)

  • Malawi
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Voting Date
Jun 17, 2022
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Government of Malawi
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  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
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Investment Type(s)
Grant, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 60.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 36.00 million
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Grant Amount (USD)
$ 24.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 60.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jun 23, 2022

Disclosed by Bank May 19, 2022

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the the project objective is to rehabilitate and increase resilience of the Kapichira hydropower dam and spillways, and transmission and distribution infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Ana.

The project has the two main components, the first being related to generation, and the second to transmission and distribution:

  1. Component 1: Kapichira Dam Rehabilitation and Strengthening (US$ 44.7 million). This component will finance the return to resilient operation of the 128 MW Kapichira hydropower plant through the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Kapichira dam and spillways. The following phased approach is proposed to be implemented for the protection, rehabilitation, and strengthening of Kapichira dam.

    1. Immediate actions mobilized by EGENCO include urgently restoring main spillway capacity while also kick-starting actions on the critical path for Kapichira dam rehabilitation such as collecting topographic data and assessing the quality of sand available in the reservoir for construction, commencing sediment management studies, and removal of sediment from the reservoir. These immediate actions are being currently implemented and funded by EGENCO.

    2. Phase 1: Energy restoration to be implemented through raising water levels back to operational levels and by developing a temporary cofferdam upstream of the damaged infrastructure (the fuse plug and damaged section of the embankment dam) in order to restore impoundment of the reservoir. This would prevent further damage while protecting works for Phase 2 and SVTP irrigation intake. In order to safeguard the safety of the dam during this phase, reinforcement of the upstream face of the dam and treatment of existing scars downstream will be also implemented. This phase is planned to be implemented under the ongoing SVTP project, benefiting from existing financial and human resources (including existing PIU, owner’s engineer and contractors).

    3. Phase 2: Build-back better: Based on a revised design that would address key technical and operational features that contributed to the failure, this component will aim at (i) rehabilitating damaged infrastructure (mainly the dam), (ii) upgrading Kapichira scheme to enhance the resilience of the hydropower scheme (especially the main and emergency spillways), and (iii) supporting companion actions on operation and maintenance (O&M) and sediment management. It will be structured around mobilization of an international consultancy firm who, as Owner’s Engineer (OE) for EGENCO, will (i) further review damage and previous design of the Kapichira scheme. On this basis and while integrating the new needs for SVTP irrigation intake, the OE will model hydraulic and sediment flows under different build back better scenarios and recommend detailed scope of rehabilitation and upgrade for key infrastructure such as the dam, fuse plug, and main spillway. For the latter, the OE will be required to propose an upgrade to ease operation and maintenance of the gates since they were identified as part of the root causes of the damage. The project will (i) take stock of existing studies and modeling to support the design of a basin-wide sediment management strategy for the operation of the HPP cascade (existing and proposed reservoirs) and irrigation scheme and (ii) together with the OE, develop a specific-costed implementation plan for Kapichira reservoir. The proposed basin-wide sediment management strategy will likely be funded, designed, and delivered under the upcoming Mpatamanga Phase I IDA credit.

  2. Component 2: Transmission and Distribution Network Restoration (US$15.3 million). This component will finance the reconstruction of ESCOM’s infrastructure damaged by TS Ana including both transmission (132kV & 66kV) and distribution (33kV, 11kV and 400V lines) networks where a number of power line components have been affected. These include steel towers, wooden poles and structures, transformers, conductors and insulators among others. The damage caused by the tropical storm has been in various degrees including complete line sections, isolated structures and damage to specific equipment and materials in a manner that permanent rehabilitation works shall have to comprise of complete line construction works, replacement of structures, and replacement of specific equipment and materials. As part of this reconstruction, natural and climate risks will be included in the engineering design. Examples of such resilience measures include, among others: provision of appropriate anchorage support, deep foundation and size of footings to adapt against extreme wind and flooding, elevated control room and critical equipment to reduce flood hazard potential, use of steel, concrete or composite towers, creation of vegetation buffers and regular vegetation management.

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World Bank:
Dhruva Sahai
Senior Financial Specialist

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Government of Malawi
Nations Msowoya
Acting Director, Debt and Aid

Implementing Agencies:
Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Ltd.
Alexander Kaitane
Senior Projects Manager

Electricity Generation Company ( Malawi) Ltd.
William Liabunya
Chief Executive Officer


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