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Mw-Moz interconnection to commence in 2018

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Government says it would take another two years before commencing the power tapping process from neighbouring Mozambique following a decision by the two countries to redesign the power tapping mode.

Lilongwe and Maputo recently identified two new consultants to respectively conduct fresh feasibility and environmental and social impact assessment on the proposed power interconnection project.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Ben Botolo, said in an interview that it would take one more year to redesign the interconnector before commencing the groundwork the following year.

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“The project is moving, we identified a German contractor to do a feasibility study,” said Botolo.

He reiterated that the two governments agreed to change power lines capacity from the earlier 220 Kilovolts to 400 Kilovolts as a means of maximizing the amount of power tapped.

According to Botolo, points of power tapping and entry have also changed.

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“With that we needed to do the redesigning which may take one year and after than another one year would be required to do the actual construction,” said Botolo. The World Bank is funding the project.

According to Botolo, changes of the energy tapping capacity were done in consideration with the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) power upgrade project in the country.

A feasibility study done some years ago on the interconnector concluded that with an investment of US $ 32 million, it would have been possible to interconnect Malawi and Mozambique.

The value and power tapping capacity will, however, be revised upwards following the recent option by the two governments to have the project redesigned.

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