29 August 2012 – Malawi is looking to get out of a situation where it has one of the highest power outage rates in Africa due to a lack of generation capacity. The country has a generation capacity of about 250 MW to 280 MW which cannot meet demand of 320 MW and Malawi is not linked with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
The country is building a new hydroelectric facility, the 64 MW Kapichira 2 project, which began construction in 2011 and is due for completion at the end of 2013. In addition, Reuters reports that China’s Gezhouba group plans to build a US$500 million 1,000 MW thermal plant in the country with construction expected to start in 2013.
Malawi is also preparing to link its electricity network with Mozambique’s to benefit from interconnection with the SAPP.