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Mozambique-Malawi Power Line Not Scheduled for Delivery Until April 2024

Mozambique-Malawi Power Line Not Scheduled for Delivery Until April 2024

The delivery deadline for the construction of the 218 kilometres of electricity transmission line linking Mozambique and Malawi has been extended by another four months.

The contract, which was due to be delivered in December this year, has been delayed due to the slow mobilisation of material being used to build the line.

The chairman of the board of directors of the Malawian electricity distribution company (ESCOM) announced this Wednesday (25), during a high-level meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAAP), that the contractor had informed him that the work could only be completed in April next year.

Kankwamba Kumwenda explained, however, that by December this year, “Malawi will only be receiving 50 of the 120 MW to be supplied by Mozambique, from the Matambo substation in Tete province”.

The SAAP meeting, which runs from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 October in Lilongue, aims to discuss national and regional interconnection transmission projects that require the intervention of this electricity group and the Southern African Development Community secretariat.

During the opening of the meeting, the executive director of SAAP, Stephen Dihwa, said that “one of the successes of this organisation has been the establishment of a competitive electricity market. The energy market in SADC has become a benchmark for other emerging regional markets on the continent and in Asia,” emphasised Dihwa, quoted by Rádio Moçambique.

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