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The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has signed a contract with Mitsubishi Corporation for the expansion of Tedzani Hydro Power Station.

The three-year project will include the construction of a new power plant to add 18 megawatts to the national grid.

This is coming at a time the nation is facing power supply challenges owing to an increase in electricity demand.

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According to Egenco, the power plant will be housed in a separate building from the other three power plants already operating at the station.

Egenco Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya, said initially, the project was scheduled to roll out in March 2015 following the signing of a $53.5 million grant between the Japanese Government and Malawi.

“The Project had stalled from 2015 till now because there was a financing gap of $4 million and after this company was operationalised in January, we decided to finance the shortfall through our own resources which will be used to procure materials like cement and steel bars,” Liabunya said.

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He further said the company will soon start dredging works at their pond at Tedzani to reclaim water storage capacity to store enough water for all the power plants.

Acting General Manager of International Economic Cooperation Department at Mitsubishi Corporation, Masato Kume, his organisation realises the challenges Malawi is facing in the energy sector hence their willingness to support the nation.

“We expect to complete this project by December 2020 and we believe that it will significantly contribute towards improving electricity supply in the country. We have a lot of experience in this sector and we will come up with a state of the art facility that Malawians will appreciate,” Kume said.

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