The Japanese government on Wednesday committed to provide JPY 18 million (about K126.3 million) for the detailed design of the Old Town and Kanengo power substations in Lilongwe.
Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Iwakiri disclosed this in Lilongwe when he exchanged notes with Finance Minister Felix Mlusu.
The project aims at improving electricity supply in the capital city through rehabilitation and reinforcement of the substations for the stable and reliable supply of electricity.
Iwakiri said the current capacity of the two sub-stations is inadequate and makes it impossible to adapt to increased energy demand.
He said the grant will facilitate the process of designing a project for the improvement of these two sub-stations in order to contribute to the improvement of energy challenges in Lilongwe City which would help in promoting growth of industry and contribute to the development of the country.
On his part, Mlusu thanked the government and People of Japan for the project but also for the continued support the government of Japan provides to Malawi in various sectors.
“The Japanese government has supported a number of projects in the energy sector. Currently, there is a programme at Tedzani being implemented with support from Japan,” Mlusu said.