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Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has lined up projects aimed at increasing energy generation capacity for the country.

The firm has outlined the Mpatamanga hydro power plant, extension of Kapichila and Wovwe power plants and a solar project in Salima among key projects with potential to feed highly into the national power grid.

This came out on Friday when Egenco officials hosted members of the parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change at its Tedzani 4 power plant in Blantyre.

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Egenco Chief Executive Officer William Liabunya said the Wovwe project would be the first and will add 4 megawatts (mw) to the grid.

“We want to increase Wovwe‘s capacity from 4.5 mw to 9 mw and that is at an advanced stage because we expect to have a report next month. We are [also] looking at the solar power plant in Salima and we should be signing the EPC contract this month,” Liabunya said.

Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change Vice Chairperson George Katunga Million said the committee was impressed with the Tedzani project.

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“We expect Egenco and the government to explore further the project of this nature in enhancing power supply in Malawi,” Million said.

President Lazarus Chakwera commissioned the Tedzani 4 power plant in June this year, which added 19mw to the national grid, increasing the country’s generation capacity to around 441.55mw.

However, this capacity is still below the country’s demand of about 800mw.

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