German to invest in bioenergy for Malawi

The Government of Germany is considering starting a new cooperation with Malawi Government in the field of Bioenergy in order to boost the country’s energy sector.

Gerd Muller: Developing energy

German Federal Minister of Economic Corporation and Development, Dr Gerd Muller said this at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Monday in an audience with President Peter Mutharika.

The remarks come amidst Mutharika’s acknowledgement of the country’s challenges in the energy sector.

Muller said there is need for Germany and Malawi governments to identify where implementation of programmes of this sector can be done in future considering the huge potential that Malawi has in Bioenergy.

“This country has a huge potential with regards to biomass, water, wind or solar energy. We need to expand on this sector,” he said.

Muller observed that developing energy does not only happen in cities but throughout the country, as such, there is need to intensify efforts in the energy sector using the locally available resources to reach out to all corners of the country.

He said the decentralized form of energy such as Bioenergy is vital for improving rural livelihoods which can benefit small scale farmers.

“We will try to win investors to come to Malawi and invest, especially in the energy sector. We must take the sector forward in this country,” he said.

President Mutharika acknowledged the serious challenges that Malawi is facing in the energy sector which he said needs urgent attention.

“Malawi is facing serious challenges in the energy sector because of climate change and a drop in the water levels in the lake. We would like to diversify the power sector to other areas such as renewable energy, wind, solar and thermal among others,” said Mutharika.

The drop in water levels in Lake Malawi has led to reduced amount of water required to generate enough power.

The President disclosed that the energy sector in the country has been liberated such that private sectors can come in.

On this note, Mutharika invited the German companies to come and participate in the energy sector in order to give the sector the much needed boost.

Germany is assisting Malawi in areas of agriculture, education as well as health and infrastructure which have received a total of 250 million Euros (over K206 billion) worth of support.

Malawi and Germany have embarked on negotiations on which projects to take in 2019 valued at 58 million Euros (over K48 billion).

The support to agriculture sector is meant to improve connectivity by establishing an agriculture centre in Malawi which will increase value creation and connectivity thereby achieving fair pricing and fair trade.

Malawi and Germany have been in bilateral partnership for 55 years now.

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Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Let me explain late Prof Langson Mhango Mini Nuclear Plant coz l know many Malawians are sceptical of the Nuclear word. The Plant which late Prof erected (several) in SA produce 100 to 150 megawalt each & it uses a moulded nuclear ball which is called Peble that is droped in a heated cylinder then its the Pebble that generates the power & when it melts your just drop a fresh Pebble into the cylinder no overheating nor blasting of the Plant.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

This issue of energy would’ve been sorted if late Bingu had the heart when he brought back Prof Langson Mhango from UK just to dump him at Mzuzu University & its when South Africans asked him to boost their electricity with his safest pebble drop nuclear generated power towards their 2010 World Cup which was a success. He died without planting any single uranium plant nor his windmill which he opted to plant at Kaning’ina to power the whole Mzuzu & adjacent district.

Anambewe
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Anambewe

Nothing new in bioenergy ideas for malawi here, I don’t see any details about what exactly will be done. Major investments are needed to address electricity problems of malawi, and rural farmers are not the priority! Energy for industry is the main need. Ministry of Energy has many plans and strategies that simply need funding. I fear this new funding will bring its own studies and ideas (done by the donor of course, after some so-called experts fly in for a few days). Need a sector-wide solution, not some random projects here and there. I doubt 58 million Euros will… Read more »

Pension Nenereko
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Pension Nenereko

These ideas about bioenergy are already there but because they do not come from Lomwe belt then they have not seen the day light. One time a certain Secretary to Treasury demanded to visit a certain country before he could give support to the bioenergy project. Perhaps because it is Germanys then it will be different. This country has brilliant guys with brilliant ideas BUT where you come from matters. This is one of reasons why Malawi is as pathetic as it is now. The ideas in the article look new to others because of greed. Palibe anything new apa.… Read more »

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

Ulibe nkhani you Lohmwe hater

Pension Nenereko
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Pension Nenereko

Just telling the truth, you know it pains

mkandawir
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mkandawir

KOMA MUNTHUYUTU OFUNIKA TIMUPATSE TERM INA ZAONETSA KUTI ALI NDI GOODLEADERSHIP,KOMANSO NDIWA CHITUKUKO

CHOKA SATANA
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OUTSIDERS /FOREIGNERS CAN SEE OPPORTUNITIES IN MOTHER MALAWI — WHILE WE CAN’T SEE AND UTILISE THEM OURSELVES —

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
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JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder

Awesome development.

Gift Baston Sandram
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Gift Baston Sandram

Lets go for it, in our country energy sector is a disasterous, this is an opportunity of lifting up the sector. Thumb up Germany

Mirella K
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Mirella K

Akuluakulu, opportunity iyiyi tikanaitenga seriously. Germans are pioneers in green energy and this is a great chance to work on this energy challenge for once and for all