Malawi to electify 81 trading centres through Marep 8 -Msaka

Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Bright Msaka on Thursday announced that government will electrify 81 Trading Centres from each of districts of the country through Malawi Rural Electrification Programme(MAREP)   when phase eight of the rural electrification program starts this year.

Msaka: Marep new phase

Msaka: Marep new phase

Power to the rural

Power to the rural

Msaka reveals that planning of phase eight started in May and is expected to be completed by end of August 2015. “The output of this planning exercise will be Bills of Quantities of materials required to implement the phase.

“The output of this planning exercise will be Bills of Quantities of materials required to implement the phase. Procurement process of the materials will start in September 2015 and is expected to be finished by February 2016. Alongside this process, procurement of contractors will also be done,” said Msaka.

According to Msaka, the overarching challenge to rural electrification is finances and capacity.

“With only installed capacity of 351.75 MW of electricity in the country, it is impossible to electrify each and every deserving Trading Centre, since MAREP draws its power from this installed capacity on national grid. More power is, therefore, required to reach out to all deserving Trading Centres,” he stated.

Msaka said demographic, geographic and economic disparities also pose a huge challenge to the successful implementation of the programme saying some Districts have huge population densities than others, some are growing faster economically than others meaning they have a lot more Trading Centres than others.

In order to address the challenges, Msaka said,  Government is committed to increase electricity capacity through involvement of Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

“IPPs have been invited to generate electricity and inject it into the national grid through Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ESCOM. This is expected to increase the power capacity nationally, which will be extended to MAREP, thereby increasing the number of Trading Centres to be electrified.”

Adding: “My  Ministry intends to put in place measures to ensure that highly populated Districts with higher economic growth potential are prioritised to have an increased number of targeted Trading Centres. This would require to use scientific targeting methods to include demographic,  geographic size, electricity demand and the level of electrification.”

He further adds, alongside the process, procurement of contractors will also be done to immediately to ensure that highly populated Districts with higher economic growth. It is expected that construction works will begin in March 2016 and finish in March 2017 in as far as MAREP phase eight project is concern.

Principal Secretary for Energy Kesta Kaphaiza concurred with Msaka’s sentiments saying that the government of Malawi is committed in improving the life of the population in rural areas by providing electricity throughout the country: Although there are hiccups in power generation capacity, financial resources and selection of the sites that would ensure equity.

Since MAREP Project was introduced in 1980s with ESCOM the areas electrified represent 9% out of 100% of the population area covered. The Mathematics of area population covered means that Malawi power generation is poor and less progressing. Therefore, the government of Malawi has allocated to MAREP Phase 8 an estimate of MK12.1 Billion to run the project.

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Nyama Banda

Don`t forget Chankhungu trading along salima road up date Dowa DC Office busy eating monies no tangible development mark my words


You fools and idiotic people, experiencing black out some days is that certificate to ignore others? We hath to share the same priority we have and experience the same black out.


We do not have enough power to meet the current demand, now you are talking about electrifying every trading center???? Mbuzi zeni-zeni. How about buying drugs for all health centers????

Expanding on an already insufficient power? If currently we experience blackouts every day of close to 12hrs ndiye mukaonjezera 80+ trading centers tidzikhala mma blackout atali bwanji. Its better to invest these monies in a new power plant, probably coal generation, and add 300+ Megawatts to the grid before connecting these trading centres. Electricity is essential but look at our generation and demand required after adding these centres. Tell those involved in planning to consider coal power plant and other genaration sources before adding another load. This being said, I also think using these monies to subsidise solar/other renewable technologies… Read more »

Cheap talk trying to buy sympathy,clueless mapwevupwevu government.


Why does the powersupplier start with tiny transformers in such projects?


Please my remember kwatu ku Mwanza Msaka.


Stupit politics we tired with empt promise 4 how long are we going hear from u.

Blessed Banda

Much electrification programmes with construction of new power plants. Our generation capacity is far too low and by connecting to many households without building new generation plants we are absolutely not being progressive,

The real ujeni

Say anything, you can even build airports in each district. Easy said than done. You talk of electrification then you say we have only 352 MW which is not enough. Why tell us something you cant do. Stupid politics, just want to be seen doing something.

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