Mozambique-Malawi power transmission line to evacuate 200MW

The Mozambique-Malawi power transmission line project is officially set to begin in 2018. This comes after two decades of signing a power trade agreement. According to the Southern Times the delay in the project has been due to former Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika. He had argued that Malawi was too poor to afford the monthly bill, expected to cost $480,000.

 

“This project will also involve the erection of a 218km high voltage power line with the capacity to transmit 200MW,” the report further explains.

Mateus Magala, president of the Mozambican state power company, Electricidade de Moçambique, said he expects financing of the project to be completed within three years. “Most of this energy will be produced by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam,” he added.

Also read:Malawi seeks to add18MW to its power production capacity

Malawi allocated $18M to the energy sector in the 2017/18 fiscal year.  In Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika’s state of the nation address he said Energy is a catalyst for socio-economic development. In this regard Malawi is implementing programmes and projects aimed at improving energy generation, transmission as well as distribution.

Mozambique-Malawi power transmission lines

Mozambique will construct 140km while 78km will be the responsibility of Malawi. The major element in the interconnection will be a 400kV transmission line between two substations. One will be at Matambo, in the western Mozambique province of Tete and the other at Phombeya in Malawi.

9% of the Malawian population have access to electricity in both urban and rural areas. For this reason there are projects planned to improve electricity connections countrywide.

Mutharika cited the enactment of the Electricity Act of 2016 that created the Electricity Generation Company. It took over the electricity generation function from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi .

“Completion of a feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment for Malawi and Mozambique power interconnector, commencement of the Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) Phase 8 which will connect 336 rural centres throughout Malawi to the national electricity grid and completion of feasibility studies for the 300MW Kamwamba Coal-fired Power Plant,” he said.

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