By Peter Kanjere, PRO
Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited has touted the Mozambique-Malawi (MOMA) Power Transmission Interconnection Project, which involves the construction of a 218-kilometre power transmission line from Malawi to Mozambique, as a catalyst for improved power supply in Malawi and Southern Africa.
ESCOM Senior Projects Manager, Alex Kaitane, said this in his presentation on the progress of the project at a press briefing held at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Tuesday, October 19 2021.
“Successful implementation of the MOMA project is key to ensuring that there is improved and stable power supply in the country. [The project seeks] to contribute to economic growth of the region through sustainable power access by integrating Malawi electricity market to the Southern African Power Pool in order to balance power deficit through regional power trading,” he said.
The Government of Malawi, is through ESCOM, implementing the project which seeks to meet increasing power demand in Malawi and create opportunities for trading in Southern Africa.
Therefore, Kaitane urged all stakeholders, including members of the media, to support the project for the powerline which is expected to be up and running by October 2023.
Kaitane said ESCOM was grateful to the government and financing partners—the World Bank, KfW and the European Union for making the project a reality.“We have a Communication and Visibility plan that seeks to recognise the contribution of our financing partners. We are grateful for their contribution to make this project a success. We could not have made it on our own,” he said.
Kaitane said Covid-19 was the major challenge that has affected the implementation of the project with some activities delaying due to the pandemic.He said Malawi’s current installed electricity generation capacity hovers around 500 megawatt which is not enough to meet demand; hence, the power interconnections would fill the deficit.
The power line is expected to stretch from Mozambique to Malawi via Kanduku (Mwanza District), Neno and end at Phombeya Power Substation in Balaka District.
The Malawi section of the powerline will stretch 76 kilometres with Mozambique’s line covering 142 kilometres.
The preparatory phase of the project has been completed paving the way for the actual construction phase which has just commenced this month.