Malawi to be linked by power line to Mozambique

5 April 2013

Malawi will be linked by power line to Mozambique under the terms of a deal signed by the two countries in Lilongué, the Malawian capital. The project is expected to cost over US$90 million, according to the Mozambican press.

Funded by the World Bank, by Sweden and by other international partners, the project involves building a power transmission line which, according to Mozambique’s Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, will not only make it possible to provide Malawi with electricity from Cahora Bassa as well as to regions in northern Mozambique.

“This facility will allow Malawi to be linked to the Southern African power grid, making it possible for it to export or import power from any of the SADC countries,” Namburete said.

The minister said that the cost of the project would have to be re-assessed, as the US$90 million now announced had been calculated when the project was initially planned to be carried out in 2008.

Malawi is facing serious power supply problems, and is currently consuming less than half of its real needs, which are estimated to be around 400 megawatts. (macauhub)