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Members of Parliament tour Phombeya Power Sub-station

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The Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises has said it is impressed with the progress made on Phombeya Power Sub-station in Balaka District.

The project, which is being implemented under the Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi Compact, aims at developing the energy sector in the country.

The station once completed will take 132 kilovolts from Nkula and increase it to 400 kilovolts before it will be taken out to Nkhoma in Lilongwe through Golomoti to supply the Central and Northern regions.

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Chairperson of the Committee Lillian Patel said as Members of Parliament they have a role to play in tracking how approved projects by the august House are being implemented.

Patel made the remarks Saturday when her committee toured the ongoing Phombeya Power Sub-station project.

She, therefore, commended the progress of the sub-station saying the completion of phases one and two gives them hope that the project will beat the deadline.

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“It was a very good eye-opener to visit the place because when we sit in Parliament and approve these project sometimes we don’t know what is on the ground. So I am impressed and I am sure come November, 2017, this project will bring change in Malawi’s energy sector,” Patel said.

Larsen and Turbo Power Transmission and Distribution Limited from Indian is implementing the project and according to the Senior Project Manager, Ramkumar Narasimhan, the project is being implemented simultaneously with Nkhoma Sub-station.

“This project is going on track and we are about 45 percent complete at both sub-stations in Nkhoma and Phombeya. So at the moment, there are no serious bottle necks on the project,” he said.

The completed works in phases one and two include laying the foundation and the plantation of the four transformers at both Phombeya and Nkhoma sub-stations respectively.

Other works expected in the last phase, are electromechanical and commissioning among others.

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