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Malawi and Mozambique sign power interconnection deal

Written by  Catherine Chimoyo
Officials from the two countries sign the power interconnection agreement Officials from the two countries sign the power interconnection agreement Pic by Roy Nkosi

Lilongwe. April 12, 2019: In an effort to overcome power deficit challenges,  governments of Malawi and Mozambique through Electricity Supply Corporation Of Malawi (ESCOM) and Electricidade De Mozambique (EDM) signed technical and commercial agreements that represent the power interconnection between the two countries.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi said that this is a milestone towards the development of the country.

“This development is part of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that Malawi put in place to guide investment in the power industry and ensure the sustainable supply of power in the long term.

“The IRP identified Mozambique-Malawi interconnector as one of the priority power projects in the country and the project will by default, connect Malawi to the Sothern African Power Pool thereby enabling the country to buy power from the whole Southern region,” he said.

Masi said the interconnection power project would help Malawi surmount the power challenges that it has been facing because of the current hydropower generators that have not performed to their required capacity as a result of climate change. This has created an increase in demand for power.

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in the Mozambique government, Ernesto Tonela said that he strongly believes the power interconnection would aid the development of the two countries and would improve relations between Malawi and Mozambique.

“This is a great development because as countries, we are coming together in finding ways of overcoming the challenges that we are facing especially in the power sector.

“We addressed what lies behind Africa’s lack of reliable supply and this power interconnection project is one of the solutions that are both viable and long lasting,” Tonela said.

The Chief Executive Officer for ESCOM, Dr Allexon Chiwaya highlighted on the high demand for power in this country and the huge difference this project would bring in power supply by helping ESCOM meet this demand.

He added that, “At the moment the suppressed demand for power is at around 300 megawatts. As ESCOM, we are working tirelessly to materialize this project which should be commissioned by mid 2022.”

The Interconnection Power Project is funded by World Bank, European Union, German KfW Development Bank and Norwegian Trust Fund.

The interconnection line that runs from Matambo-Mozambique to Phombeya-Malawi, is expected to supply at least 50 megawatts to Malawi at its initial commissioning and when all phases are completed the line will be a double circuit with a carrying capacity of 2,400 megawatts.


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