Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has, on behalf of the Malawi government, engaged its Mozambican counterpart Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) to consider increasing power supply from the Mozambique-Malawi (MOMA) Power Transmission Interconnection Project.
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera disclosed this at Marara District in Tete, Mozambique, on April 21 2022 when he joined his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi in laying a foundation stone for the construction of the 400kV MOMA project which will supply Malawi 50 megawatts (MW) of power.
“This interconnector will also provide room for Malawi to tap more and/or export power into the Southern African Power Pool. Before I forget, I should mention that I am ably informed that my Government through ESCOM has re-engaged EDM for possible increase of the power supply,” Chakwera said.
“There are clear and technical indications that we may be able to get extra 60MW from Mozambique giving a total of 110MW to be transmitted through this line. I greatly appreciate this offer, Your Excellency, on behalf of all Malawians."
Chakwera described the construction of the transmission line as a big step towards boosting the two countries’ energy sectors and for the rest of Southern African Power Pool members.
“This transmission line will provide a safe and reliable interconnection of power which will enable initial supply of 50MW of power from Mozambique to Malawi,” he said.
He said the launch of the project was timely as it would help meet the power generation deficit the two countries are experiencing due to damage which Cyclone Ana caused on generation plants such as that of Kapichira Power Station which lost 128 megawatts.
“You can, therefore, see how urgent and strategic the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnector is. I should also mention that this project will cushion Malawi against future power losses due to unforeseen and uncertain circumstances. This interconnector will assist in closing the gap between power supply and demand in Malawi which is adversely affecting our agriculture, the manufacturing industry, and delivery of services,” Chakwera said.
“It will also provide a back-up to our power system in form of diversified external sources of power, especially to enable some redundancy in our power system and to allow for outages and refurbishment of existing generation plants.”
Chakwera said the construction works for the power line would help create jobs in line with the development agenda of the two countries, adding that the project was in line with his government’s agenda of having 1,000 megawatts to Malawi national grid by 2025.
“It is pleasing to note that the construction phase of this project will create over 1,000 jobs to both Malawians and Mozambicans. I have no doubt that our people in Malawi and Mozambique will give their full support to this project in order to translate this political consensus for change into concrete action on the ground. Let me, therefore, take this opportunity to that World Bank, KfW and the European Union for providing financial resources to make this project a reality,” he said.
Nyusi visited Malawi last year to participate in the launching ceremony for the MOMA Project at Phombeya Power Substation in Balaka District on 23 November 2021.
The Malawi government is implementing the project through Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi whereas EDM is doing the same for the Mozambican government with funding from KfW, the European Union and World Bank.
The power line will start from Matambo in Tete Province in Mozambique and cross Malawi boarder through Mwanza District via Neno district and end at Phombeya in Balaka District.
Construction of the 218-kilometre power line, which includes 76 kilometres for the Malawi stretch, is scheduled to end in 2023. Total project cost is USD127 million
Chakwera and Nyusi lay the foundation stone
Chakwera and Nyusi
HE greeting a dancer