Maputo — Matambo (Mozambique), April 21 (AIM) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said on Thursday that the laying of the foundation stone of the regional electricity interconnection between Mozambique and Malawi is a historic milestone as the two countries will become major players in the field of energy. Southern African Development Community (SADC) market.
Nyusi expressed this conviction in Matombo, in the western province of Tete where, alongside his Malawian counterpart. Lazarus Chakwera, he laid the foundation stone for the construction of a 400 kilovolt (KV) transmission line through which Mozambique will supply Malawi with 50 megawatts of electricity.
The line is budgeted at US$62 million. $35 million is to build the line in Mozambique over a distance of 142 kilometers, the rest of which will cover the 76 kilometers in Malawi. Along the 218 kilometers there will be 527 high voltage pylons.
A second part of the project is the extension of the Matambo substation, budgeted at 21 million dollars, in order to guarantee the reliability of the electricity supply.
“In this way, we reinforce the solid image of an economic bloc with more than 300 million consumers,” Nyusi said. “These companies will benefit the development and interests of our peoples.”
The implementation of this project, he underlined, is part of the SADC master plan for electricity infrastructure for the period 2018-2043, and will contribute significantly to the consolidation of the regional integration of the Mozambique with neighboring SADC countries,
The interconnection project, Nyusi said, “opens a new window of opportunity for job creation and will express the dream of the people of both countries to have reliable and good quality electricity”.
This power supply, he continued, will encourage new investment in industry and tourism, and promote mechanization which increases productivity. It will also improve access to healthcare and education.
For his part, Chakwera said the new power line will result in a safe and reliable power interconnection. With the initial supply of 50 megawatts to Malawi, this will also enable Malawi to play a full role in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
Chakwera added that Malawi wanted to increase the amount of electricity it buys from Mozambique from 50 to 110 megawatts.
Chakwerea added that the recent passage of Cyclone Gombe destroyed part of Malawi’s electricity infrastructure resulting in the loss of 129 megawatts. It would take some time, he added, for those 129 megawatts to be reclaimed for the Malawian grid.
“You can imagine how urgent this interconnection between Mozambique and Malawi is,” Chakwera said. He believes the project will protect Malawi from future power losses caused by unforeseen circumstances and help bridge the gap between supply and demand.
He hopes the interconnection will become a source of revenue, when Malawi starts exporting power to the region after satisfying its domestic demand.