By Peter Kanjere, PRO
Malawi State President, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi braved the humid weather of Phombeya to launch the Mozambique-Malawi (MOMA) Power Transmission Interconnection Project on Tuesday November 23 2021.
The project involves construction works of a 218-kilometre 400kV High Voltage Alternating Current transmission line from Matambo Substation for Electricidade de Mocambique in Tete Province in Mozambique passing through Mwanza, Neno then end at Phombeya Substation for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited in Balaka district in Malawi.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the project at Phombeya Substation located a few metres off the M1 Road, Chakwera said the project was a game-changer for the energy sectors of Malawi, Mozambique and the entire Southern Africa.
His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Jacinto Nyusi .
“This project aims at establishing a transmission link between Malawi and Mozambique to meet increasing electricity demand in Malawi, enabling initial supply of 50MW of power from Mozambique to Malawi and creating avenues for trade in the SAPP (Southern African Power Pool), with the prospect of more exchanges of trade and power in the future. With the construction of the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnector, our march towards the goal of adding 1,000 megawatts to the national grid over the next four years is making steady progress.
"Our thanks for this project and the 1,000 jobs it will create goes to the Mozambican Government under the leadership of His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, but also to our funding partners, including the World Bank, the German Bank, KfW, and the European Bank, shouldering a cost of $154 million dollars among them. With friends like these, our efforts to build a new Malawi that is self-reliant and inclusively wealthy as enshrined in the Malawi 2063 Vision are not in vain. I thank you all sincerely for your support,” Chakwera said.
Speaking earlier, Nyusi said the project enjoys the advantage of the confidence that exists between the two countries; hence, appealed for support from the people of the two countries.
"Our people have always had the need to enjoy power to facilitate the development of the two countries. Therefore, implementation of this project requires the support of the people of the two countries," he said.
Nyusi then congratulated ESCOM and its Mozambican counterparts, Electricidade de Mocambique, for working jointly to implement the project.
Speaking earlier, ESCOM Board Chairperson Fredrick Changaya thanked the two governments of Malawi and Mozambique for the project.
"Your coming has given us more impetus. We have no reason for failing. As ESCOM, we will do our best. We pledge all our competencies to ensure that this project is completed in time...where there is electricity there are these SMEs, salons and barbershops. With this project, we believe life will change in Malawi and also in Mozambique," Changaya said.
Malawi Finance Minister Felix Mlusu also addressed the gathering, saying cooperation between Malawi and Mozambique was key to the successful implementation of the project.