Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) on May 6 2022 introduced contractors for the Mozambique-Malawi (MOMA) Power Transmission Interconnection Project to members of the community of Mbemba Village, Traditional Authority Symon in Neno District.
Malawi Government, European Union, World Bank and KfW are funding the project involving the construction of the powerline from Matambo in Tete Province in Mozambique to Phombeya in Balaka District.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Mbemba, ESCOM Social and Gender Inclusion Manager Elube Chienda said they wanted the communities to welcome the contractors—Larsen & Tourbo (L&T)—for them to discharge their duties effectively.
She said ESCOM through her office will also conduct financial literacy training for members of the communities earmarked to receive compensation for having been affected by the construction of the powerline.
Other contractors such as Gopa Intec and Asian Consulting Engineers are also part of the project involving the construction of 218 km of transmission line—76km in Malawi and 142km in Mozambique plus extension of Phombeya Substation in Balaka District.
Gopa Intec social specialist Edith Maseya said they have been tasked with an oversight role of ensuring adherence to set designs of the project and social welfare of the members of the communities affected by the project.
“We are working with ESCOM and we are like their eyes. We have a team of engineers that would ensure that physical structures are being constructed in line with the designs of the project,” Maseya said.
L & T Resident Site Manager Nagarajan Kannappan asked for cooperation from members of the community along where the transmission line will pass from Mozambique to Malawi.
“We are constructing the line from Phombeya to Zobue-Mozambique side and our other team is also doing the same from Mozambique side to Matamba substation. In the course of doing our work, we will be interacting with the communities located where the line will pass through,” he said.
“We want to achieve our target of finishing the construction of the line by November 2023 and as the first step, we will construct a warehouse and an office here at Mbemba.”
Once completed, the project is expected to contribute to economic growth of the region through sustainable power access by integrating Malawi electricity market to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) in order to balance power deficit through regional power trading.
Malawi will benefit 50MW from the project and the government has since engaged their Mozambique counterparts to add more megawatts.
Meanwhile, ESCOM) has, on behalf of the Malawi government, engaged its Mozambican counterpart Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) to consider increasing power supply from the MOMA project.