According to the Southern Times, the delay in the project has been due to former Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika, who argued that Malawi was too poor to afford the monthly bill, expected to cost $480,000.
Media reported that the project will involve the erection of a 218km high voltage power line with the capacity to transmit 200MW.
Mateus Magala, president of the Mozambican state power company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), said he expects financing of the project to be completed within three years and that construction of the line will take three years, and most of the energy will be produced by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam.
In the 2017/18 fiscal year, Malawi allocated $18 million to the energy sector. The Southern Times cited Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika’s state of the nation address: “Energy is a catalyst for socio-economic development. In this regard Malawi is implementing programmes and projects aimed at improving energy generation, transmission and distribution.”
Mozambique-Malawi power transmission lines
Mozambique will construct 140km while 78km will be the responsibility of Malawi, media reported.
The key element in the interconnection will be a 400kV transmission line between two substations, one at Matambo, in the western Mozambique province of Tete and the other at Phombeya in Malawi.
It is reported that only 9% of the Malawian population have access to electricity in both urban and rural areas. As such, there are projects planned to improve electricity connections countrywide. Read more…
Mutharika cited the enactment of the Electricity Act of 2016 that created the Electricity Generation Company, which 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 300-Megawatt Kamwamba Coal-fired Power Plant”, he said.
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