Chinese investors to establish coal plant in Malawi: Meet Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika recently met a team of Chinese investors at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and expressed the hope thatan increase in the production of energy will help to woo investors in the country.

President Mutharika with the Chiense investors

President Mutharika with the Chiense investors

Mutharika with the Chinese invetsors

Mutharika with the Chinese invetsors

The President said currently Malawi is producing 351 megawatts of power which is not enough for both commercial and domestic use.

According to Chen Shiangdong, the general manager for China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company, his institution is set to establish a coal-plant at Kam’mwamba in Mwanza.

He said the project, which after completion will produce at least 350 megawatts, is expected to be completed in 42 months.

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paul mbalame
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It seem the points raised by Fred phiri are the most interesting and topical views raised ever since I read nyasatimes. This man should be president of this country. What a vision and articulation that surely no one can argue with. Bravo Fred malawi needs you regardless what tribe you are

Anusa Bakali
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Che Nkope
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Byron, Malawi doesn’t have Anthracite coal being mined in the north. Most of it is Sub Bituminous type and you have also mentioned Ngana coalmine.There is no such mine in the north. Go back to your drawing board!!!

Trevor Manyi
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Coal is 19th century technology

Sapitwa
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Good strategic move. A power station construction project has a high capital outlay with payback over many years. The lifespan of coal in Mozambique could be over 70 years which is good for this plant. Not many power plants use the type of coal mined in Moatize. It’s mostly used in smelters in China and some other smelters in SA and Zim.But may be the Chinese have Technical know how to use this type of coal. One wonders if the mines in the North have such a long life and producing coal over 25 cv with low ash content that… Read more »
fred phiri
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Fellow Malawian this chinese loan not investment is probably the single biggest inward project, probably triple the kaylekera investment by paladin.it requires prudent analysis-which country in the world would accept to have 8o% of its power supplied by another country. Push aside economics were is national security imperitives. A raw deal of this scale cannot be reversed once legal papers are signed. In my opinion the plant should relocate up north,empower malawians to increase their coal production capacity and stimulate a boom in malawi not mozambique. If common sense still fails to prevail extend rail from salima to north using… Read more »
fred phiri
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To stain and namatikiti. Firstly 4oo,ooo tons translates to $25 million and at full 7oomw capacity $75 million a year to vale and mozambique government.that is equivalent to 33% of current fuel import bill. Is this in line with govt policy of export diversification.truth of matter is it is vales way of recouping their investment in moatize and current rail project paid for by us malawi taxpayers. Secondly, coal from moatize is of primarily mettalurgical or used in steel/iron ore production not thermal coal fired electrical generation. Various Malawian firms will testify to the low grade high ash coal that… Read more »
box13 bilila NU
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Pitala, pitala pitala, how many times have I called you? Stop theft by leadership. Please!

mbuli ya ku south and central
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mbuli ya ku south and central

Yeah, let’s pollute mwanza not the north. We don’t need these kind of devolpment as we have enough rivers to build power stations on. We can even do it ourselves not giving more money to the Chinese. They also will not employ any malawians as they will bring labour from China. I can see mbudzi apa thinking this is good when you are as stupid as Dpp. You are going to suffer in this 4yrs to come. This country Has no money just look at the Kwacha tumbling.

Diquissone Walancula
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Is the Shire river be used to transport goods as previously proposed by previous Government? The new Government should improve transportation system of Malawi

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