The Millenium Challenge Compact (MCC), under the $350.7 million fund compact, has formally handed over 400 KV Nkhoma electricity sub-station in Lilongwe.
The handover ceremony took place at Nkhoma Sub-Station itselfnafter tour of the station by the Minister of Energy Aggrey Massi, US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Parmer, Escom and EGENCO members of staff and traditional leaders of the area.
This is the second of three ceremonies to be held throughout Malawi to celebrate the completion of the five-year Compact.
The Compact has laid a solid foundation for more reliable and stable power for businesses, industries and families across Malawi while creating interconnection points for power imports and exports with Mozambique (through new Phombeya Substation), Zambia (through new Nkhoma Substation) and Tanzania (through new Bwengu Substation) in near future.
The compact has seen construction of new transmission network upgrade such as 400 KV transmission line with high voltage and speed from the South where 98% of Malawi power comes from.
On top of that, the Compact has also seen construction of a new 173km overhead line stretching from Phombeya to Nkhoma trippling the electricity speed to the power grid from 132KV to 400KV.
Speaking at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) soon after touring and official handing over the station, Palmer said the completion of $350.7 million Millenium Challenge Compact; the handover of the the Nkhoma Sub-Station and and Central Region infrastructure investment are significant milestones in the Malawi/America partnership.
“The fundamental impact of this large scale investment in Malawi will be to provide greater access for all of Malawi to a modern electricity grid,” she said.
She said the project has laid foundation for EGENCO, ESCOM and Mera to be able to move energy more quickly and efficiently than ever before throughout Malawi.
Minister of Energy Aggrey Massi commended the US Government for the support rendered, with the infrustructure provided Malawi will be able to serve its citizens better.