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Lazarus Chakwera, Filipe Nyusi launch interconnection project

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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera and his Mozambique counterpart Filipe Nyusi—who is in the country for a three-day visit—Tuesday launched the Mozambique-Malawi Power Interconnection Project which is expected to add 50 megawatts (mw) to the national grid by its completion in 2023.

The launch took place at the receiver of the power, Phombeya Sub-station, in Balaka District.

Speaking at the launch, Chakwera said the project aimed at establishing a transmission link between Malawi and Mozambique to meet increasing electricity demand in Malawi.

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The President added that the enabling initial supply of 50mw of power from Mozambique to Malawi would create avenues for trade in the Southern Africa Power Pool, with the prospect of more exchanges of trade and power in the future.

“With the construction of the Malawi-Mozambique Interconnector, our march towards the goal of adding 1,000 megawatts to the national grid over the next four years is making steady progress,” Chakwera said.

Nyusi, on his part, expressed satisfaction with Malawi’s commitment towards improving access to electricity, adding that Malawi had shown that it was serious with the project by committing $3.4 million to it.

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He added that there were several projects the two countries were working on which would uplift people’s lives. He cited the rehabilitation of a railway line that would connect the Sena railway line across the border from Vila Nova de Fronteira in Mozambique to Marka in Nsanje, Malawi.

The launched project will involve the construction of 218 kilometres (km) of 400 kilovolts of transmission interconnector, of which 76km are in Malawi and 142km in Mozambique, and extension of Phombeya Sub-station.

The project is expected to cost approximately $127 million, which will be funded by the World Bank, the European Union and the Malawi Government through Escom.

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