Egenco in multibillion electricity projects: Tedzani IV, Solar power

The Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (Egenco) has outlined ambitious multibillion electricity generation projects to increase current national energy capacity as one way of addressing the continued power blacks negatively impacting on the country’s economy.

Liabunya: New projects

Malawi has been subjected to continued blackouts due to lower waters levels in Lake Malawi. The country relays heavily on hydro power and at meantime water levels are at 473.0 meters above sea level than required 474.5 (masl).

The country generates a total of 360 Mega Watts (MW) on daily basis which is not enough to meet the growing demands from both domestic and industrial customers.

Egenco Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya said some of the projects the company is undertaking include construction of Tedzani IV hydro power station, solar power station and installation of diesel generators.

“Tedzani IV project will add 18 MW to the grid. It is being implemented with funding from the Japanese government and with additional local funding being worked out by Egenco and the government. This project is expected to be commissioned by 2019,” explained Liabunya.

The project to start this year is expected to cost about K52 billion with Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) as main financer.

Jica according to Liabunya is providing about US$67 million (approximately K49.1 billion) and Egenco will have to meet a shortfall of K3 billion.

“We are also exploring financing possibility for us to go into a 20 MW solar power station that is on our immediate plan for this year. If all works out we should have it in operation within the next 12 to 24 months.  We already have 15 MW of diesel power plants that are installed in Lilongwe and are currently in operation.

“However, we intend to expand by installing other diesel power plants. Works have already begun for a 6MW diesel power plant in Mzuzu. Further to this, we will also be installing a 20MW diesel power plant in Mapanga, Blantyre and in the long run install another 10 MW diesel Power Plant in Lilongwe. The Mzuzu plant should be installed by the end of the year.”

Another ambitious project is Shire River’s Mpatamanga hydro-power project to generate 320 MW. Feasibility studies for the project being financed by the World Bank are almost complete, disclosed Liabunya.

“We are courting possible financiers for implementing this project. Even though Mpatamanga will also be hydro on the Shire River, it will be unique from the other power stations in that it will have a very big dam that will enable us to store water, which we are currently not able to do at our existing power stations. As such it will provide a means for managing the cascade of the Shire River,” he added.

“Through this Power station we will be able to store enough water for the Station and be able to expand the downstream Kapichira Falls Power station by 100 MW while also supplying water for the Shire Valley Irrigation Project which is underway and being financed by the World Bank as well. This project will be a game changer in the flows of the Shire River and power generation.”

Meanwhile, Egenco is further looking into other projects to increase the generation capacity from the current plants. The other projects include doubling Wovwe Power station 4.5 MW capacity by increasing its water storage.

Feasibility study on the expansion of Wovwe Power Station is expected to be completed by June 2018.

Meanwhile, Egenco revealed despite low water levels in Lake Malawi, the situation has slightly improved between January and this month with 0.65 meters above sea level following increased rains in central and northern regions. This has resulted in the country having fewer blackouts in the past weeks.

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zuzo dekha
zuzo dekha
5 years ago

kayerekera ananadyapo pano awolokera ku nyanja sopano. kuphana ndi kuphana kuopa kuululidwa.
kodi nde muti madzi a mu nyanya, oil momwemuso, somba zikhala ndi moyo pena mukaziikiza kaye ku INDIAN osheni????
kodi mungoti e simbi e simbi mmhu. tidzava. miracle moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy cha

5 years ago

good plan but imprementations up to 2050. Always planning planning with no results

5 years ago

How big is our power grid? Hope there is also need to expand the power grid and allow some players in this field.

we also need some new guys there to think outside the box, am not hearing anything new from these old timers.

Blessed Banda
Blessed Banda
5 years ago

Where is coal plants in the planning? We need at least 3 coal power plants of 1000 MW each located in the 3 regions each. If we are to accelerate development in Malawi, we need to generate more energy that what we currently need in order to attract serious investors and expand/grow local entrepreneurs too.

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