The Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola has commended Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) for providing technical support to Independent Power Producers (IPP's) such as Cedar Energy Limited.
He said such support was crucial to the government's agenda of increasing electricity access to more households in the country.
Matola made the remarks in his speech at the signing ceremony of a Transmission Connection Agreement (TCA) between ESCOM at Cedar Energy which owns Muloza Hydro Power Station, on Saturday.
"Let us not look at the megawatts added here, let us look at the beneficiaries of this project. This will go a long way in reducing the challenges we have been facing in electricity generation," he said.
"This shows that it can be done not only in the Shire River but also in other rivers. As the government, we are encouraged by the efforts of IPP's such as Cedar Energy.
Government is happy and encouraged by such interventions.I,therefore, wish to commend Cedar Energy for ensuring that this project should become a reality.
He added: "I wish to commend Escom for the support they have provided to Cedar Energy for the project to reach this end," Matola said.
He said the project was in line with President Dr Lazarus Chakwera's wish that the country's national grid should have 1,000 megawatts by the year 2025.
Matola, therefore, urged members of the community in Muloza to guard against theft and vandalism of electricity assets, saying such vices undermine electricity service delivery.
Speaking earlier, Escom Chief Executive Officer Kamkwamba Kumwenda said the company was determined to continue providing technical support to IPPs such as Cedar.
The Escom CEO signing the deal