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Malawi eyes to double energy capacity in 5 years

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CHIWAMBO—Investment in power generation and access is key

The Ministry of Energy has outlined an ambitious energy interventions programme, which includes increasing power generating capacity with 498.3 megawatts (mw) within five year.

Currently, Malawi has a combined capacity of 512.67mw, from diesel, solar and hydro.

This means, by 2025, the country would be producing about 1,010.97mw.

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Director of Energy Cassius Chiwambo said in an interview Tuesday that among key projects include the Malawi-Mozambique and Malawi-Zambia interconnectors, which will have a combined capacity of 1,000mw.

According to Chiwambo, the ministry is geared to implementing projects and programmes to increase electricity access rate to help contribute towards economic growth.

“The vision acknowledges that investment in power generation and access is key towards achieving industrialisation.

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“The government has taken a public sector approach to increasing energy supply and reliability by either going it alone, partnering other players or stimulating private sector investment,” Chiwambo said.

Other projects include an 18.3mw Tedzani IV hydropower station and the 35mw Mpatamanga hydropower project.

Chiwambo said the ministry facilitating the development of a solar power plant at Nanjoka in Salima with a capacity of 60mw and it is expected that partial operation of the power plant will start in April 2021, to reach full operation by June 2021.

“Implementation of the 400 Kilovolts Malawi-Mozambique Interconnector is already underway to enable the two countries to engage in bilateral and regional power trade in the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).

“Feasibility studies on the Malawi-Zambia Interconnector Project have been completed following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries,” he said.

Chiwambo then reiterated the government’s commitment to increasing access to power and clean energy for Malawians.

Meanwhile, Minister of Energy Newton Kambala has said the government is keen on creating a conducive environment for expansion.

In 2019, the Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited launched its 15-year strategic plan which would require $4.3 billion to implement outlined projects.

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