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Engineers ask for more time on power project

Engineers working on two power substations in the Northern Region have asked for more time to complete transmission works after missing the April 25 deadline.

The two sub stations at Bwengu and Luwinga are under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)–Malawi financial support to the energy sector.

One of the contractors working on the Luwinga, Bwengu, Chintheche and Bunda substations, attributed the delay to poor road network between the project sites and main roads.

“The work is in progress but much of it is done, we have remained with finishes in the control room but we have already installed the panels. We are finishing our control point this week. Though we will remain with the 10-hector wire fence and road to construct which is expected to wind up in September,” Qiang said.

MCA’s Communications and Outreach Director, Zilani Khonje acknowledged the challenges experienced by the engineers but expressed optimism that by September everything will have been completed.

“We still remain confident that come September 2018 all the projects would be completed. For example, these engineering projects which do have deadlines have shifted because of other issues which might arise during implementation of the project.

“But now what I can say is despite missing the initial April deadline, we are optimistic because more that 80 percent of the work has been completed,” Khonje said.

Currently, MCA has used 65 per cent of the US $350.7 million of the compact fund for the project.

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