Malawi starts importing electricity from Zambia to reduce blackouts

Zambia has commissioned the export of 20 megawatts of power to Malawi at a function which took place at Mwami Boarder in Mchinji which will directly benefit Kasungu, Mchinji and part of Lilongwe.

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Malawi is buying power from Zambia as it is only able to produce 300 megawatts of electricity and currently has a deficit of 200 megawatts.

The country’s  Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Massi and his Zambian counterpart Mathew Nkhuwa switched on the Chitipa-Mchinji 33KV cross power supply line.

“This is direct power from Zambia meaning [that] it will be on all time. If people were experiencing seven hours of blackouts, now it should be lesser to about three or four hours,” said Massi.

He said the 20 megawatts is just a pilot start, saying a further 50 megawatts of power will be imported to improve power supply in the country.

Zambia Electricity Corporation (ZESCO) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) in August this year  signed a five-year agreement for the 20 mva electricity power supply and Malawi has paid K400 million for the power deal.

On his part,  Zambian Minister of Energy Matthews Nkuwa said the signing of the power supply agreement is in line with Zambia’s vision to be the power hub of electricity trade within the region by 2025.

Nkuwa said their vision is based on the fact that as a land locked country, Zambia is in a unique position to facilitate regional electricity trade.

He noted that the agreement is meant to interconnect the two power systems at transmission level, for the benefit of both countries.

Nkuwa added that the planned interconnections will enable increased trade of power resources between the two countries and the region.

“Am also aware that our brothers in Malawi have been supplying us with power to Lundazi and Chama for many years, we want to saythank you for this guesture that has helped the two Zambian districts to haveaccess to grid electricity well before ZESCO could implement its own connectionto the district,” Nkuwa said.

He said this project will help to improve the livesMalawians.

 “Electricity is a catalyst for economic development, therefore with the districts now connected to the shared grid, it is both our governments’ expectation that the economies of our countries will also attract investors to take care of the increasing populations thus, making it easy for people to live a better life,” he said

Nkhuwa commended Malawi government through ESCOM for supplying Zambia with power to Lundazi and Chama districts that has helped the two districts have access to electricity.

ESCOM Chief Executive Officer, Allexon Chiwaya said the commissioning of the Chipata-Mchinji  cross border connection is the beginning ofthe long relationship with ZESCO, as  ESCOM is negotiating for another 50 megawatts from Chipata to Bunda roundabout, and from Chipata to Nkhoma about 500 megawatts.

“The connections from Chipata to Nkhoma and Bunda turn off will be funded by the Millenium Challenge account- Malawi, we are also negotiating to have power interconnection fromMathambo in Mozambique to Bombeya in Malawi,”  he stated.

Part of Lilongwee that are expected ti benefit from the line are Likuni, Chinsapo, Area 47, Area 25 and Chitipi, among others.

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mafumu
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mafumu

Zambia just take the whole Malawi as your district and Lungu to be president

Mirella K
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Mirella K

Why not just get the right amount from Mozambique and close it? Huh!

Achiswe
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This is a stop-gap solution to an on-going problem. Really it is no solution at all because money is going out of the country to Zambia instead of being used to develop our own system. The Government is simply showing itself up as a bunch of thickos who cannot think further than tomorrow. Money for renting generators going out to SA, and now more money going out to Zambia. Clueless DPP.

Msasa
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Msasa

Maize from Zambia, Electricity from Zambia, Nthochi from Tanzania.

DR MANGA
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A FAILED STATE INDEED.

Madubeko
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Madubeko

we export electricty to zambia from wovwe Hydro through embangweni via Lundazi distict (zambia) apa ndiye kuti tikupanga chidyerano eti and what is the initial agreement on this one?

Chidambo chauma
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Chidambo chauma

Where are the Zambias generating power from. Is it hydro or thermo? Why can’t we borrow a leaf instead of bringing finished product?

Noxy
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I applaud government for this initiative

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

you applaud govt importing electricity from another country instead of having your own effective electricity generation here in Malawi? If Zambia’s variable factors changes this will still affect the end users here , Forex is going to Zambia this is uncalled for, #dumb

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Zambia have got mines which needs more energy, they prepared for it sometime back while Malawi’s energy was just stagnated, no improvements were made, we were just depending on water/hydro power. We are destroying chelengedwe and rivers are drying up. Who is to blame here boss?

Katong'ongo
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Katong'ongo

The best we can do is to bring Zambian Ministers, ZESCO Chief Executive and other technocrats to work in Malawi on behalf of these clueless lazy-bones and send our spent-forces to Zambia for refurbishment. These are the fruits of Quota System

Mafana
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Mafana

How much is the bill that we shall be paying to Zambia?

dan
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dan

i guess Mr minister this is not development, this is another way to under development. work on your system

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