The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has re-engaged Mozambique state-owned power supplier, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), to increase by 60 megawatts (mw) the expected power supply that Escom intends to tap from the former Portuguese colony.
President Lazarus Chakwera, who is on a four-day visit to Mozambique, disclosed this yesterday in Tete during the ground-breaking ceremony for the 400 kilovolts (KV) power interconnector project between Malawi and Mozambique.
The ground breaking ceremony was jointly presided over by the Malawi leader and president of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi in Tete.
Initially, Malawi was expected to tap 50mw through the interconnector, which also provides room for Malawi to tap more or export power into the Southern African Power Pool.
“I should mention that I am ably informed that my government, through Escom, has re-engaged EDM for possible increase of the power supply.
“There are clear and technical indications that we may be able to get extra 60mw from Mozambique, giving a total of 110mw to be transmitted through this line. I greatly appreciate this offer,” Chakwera said.
The Malawi leader noted that the interconnector would close the gap between power supply and demand in Malawi, which is adversely affecting agriculture, the manufacturing industry and delivery of services.
Nevertheless, he said, the line could become a source of revenue for Malawi in the near future when the country will be exporting power to the region once domestic demand is met.
The President cited construction of strategic projects such as the Mpatamanga, Kholombidzo and Fufu hydropower projects.
On November 23 2021, Chakwera and Nyusi laid a foundation stone for the construction of the interconnector at Phombeya Substation in Malawi.
On the day, Nyusi appealed to the people of the two countries to support the project.
The World Bank, the German Bank, KfW, and the European Bank are shouldering a cost of $154 million dollars among them.
Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on Thursday, when he was leaving for Mozambique, Chakwera said he would, through his visit, address issues such as power supply and security.
Yesterday. Chakwera also visited Nacara Port in Mozambique, where he said the port has been serving as a vehicle “for spurring and fostering economic development” and job creation for both Mozambican and Malawian economies.
Chakwera said it was, therefore, right for Malawi and Mozambique to take advantage of the visit to sign the three major agreements relating to the corridor; the Nacala Development Corridor Agreement, the Railway Agreement and the Road Transport Agreement.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.