Malawi, Moza in new power arrangements
Lilongwe – Malawi and Mozambique have revised their power agreement that would see the construction of an 800kV electricity interconnector over 1 000km from Tete in Mozambique through to Nacala in Malawi.
Malawi’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ephraim Chiume, says the two countries have come up with the new arrangements following a series of meetings that started mid-last year when President Joyce Banda visited Mozambique. The revised plan is an improvement from the original plan, in which a 220kV power line was to be constructed over a shorter distance from Tete to Phombeya Substation in Malawi’s Balaka District.
Malawi’s Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola and his Mozambican counterpart, Salvador Namburete, signed the agreement with the new arrangements.
Representatives of World Bank, African Development Bank and the Norwegian government, who are expected to provide loans and grants to the two governments to finance the multimillion-dollar project, witnessed the event.
“Mozambique will finance the 200km power connection from Tete to Balaka in Malawi while Malawi will finance the 800km extension of the connection from Balaka to Nacala,” says Matola.
Namburete says the new arrangement would enable the two countries to share more power as opposed to the original one, which was designed to allow Malawi to import only up to 50MW.
During Mozambican President Armando Guebuza’s visit to Malawi recently, the two governments also signed three co-operation agreements in the areas of security and public order, migration, and science and innovation. Malawi and Mozambique are also co-operating in various projects, including the development of the Nacala and Beira Rail Corridors, the Mtwara Corridor and the Shire-Zambezi Waterway.