Mota Engil to boost Malawi electricity

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As the country is experiencing persistent blackouts, Mota Engil has disclosed plans to generate 500 megawatts using hydro and coal power plants.

During the 2016 Malawi Investment Forum currently underway in Lilongwe, Mota Engil signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Malawi government on the new interest to the energy sector.

The deal that has been signed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) is set to begin in 2018 and take a period of ten years after which the whole 500 megawatts will be realized.

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Bright Msaka (L) sealing the agreement with an official from Mota Engil.

It is expected that the 500 megawatts, once generated, will be sold to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and added to the national grid.

Government of Malawi and the company are now conducting feasibility studies to see where they can build the coal and hydro power plants.

China and United Kingdom have also given hope to the country with 1800 megawatts electricity generation once fully operational.

Speaking during the opening of the forum, Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC) chief executive officer Clement Kumbemba assured Malawians that by 2018 the country will not have power cuts.

He added that his organization is ensuring that trade and investment issues are handled efficiently, timely, and in full adherence of regional and global standards. Meanwhile, Malawians are to take it as normal having persistent power interruption as water levels in Shire River are near the bottom.

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  1. Cabalabasa dam inatenga 16yrs piano anzathu akudalira ife 2yrs tikuona kuchedwa. Wina akuti nthawi yonseyi anali kuti malamulo athu samalola ma Company ENA kupanga magesi koma ESCOM yokha basi

  2. Chifukwa chodalira kwambiri Britain pazachitukuko chathu, utsogoleri wa Hestings Bakii unaiwala kuika mtima paza nkhani ya magetsi moti pano Malawiyu bola akuimba lokoma.
    Lingakhale dziko lanji losaona bwino magetsi amene Ali chitukuko cha za chuma ndi miyoyo ya anthu?
    Lingakhale dziko lanji losaika maplani ache padera azamagetsi?
    Magetsi abale ndi capital ya za chuma mudziko Lima lililonse, kulephera apo dikirani mpaka kutha kwa dziko sitidzaona chosintha pamiyoyo yathu.
    Apa tsopano akuti 2018 ndipo magetsi a mphamvu a500Mw adzapedzekebmu Malawi, iiiiiiiiiii, analikuti nthawi yonseyi?
    Aibaiba makwacha a Malawi, mpaka pano ndipo akuti tidzaona kuunika, ayi zokaikisa ndithu.
    Muli kuti inu otchedwa atsogoleri osaona zosowa za a Malawi kuona zosowa zanu zokhazokha?
    Kaya ndikukaikira!

  3. Mind u this is a long term plan, we need an urgent solution to this, hw can a country’s economy grow when the energy sector is very poor?

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    • I think we must be patient bcoz the project wil take more than 18mnth to upgrade the grid. We wil be in this loadshedding for the next 16mnth. That is the fact and we have to live with it, that is the way thing are.

    • Kikk we are going to pull thru. But its worthy to upgrade now than to suffer for the next 20yrs to come. That is a same problem they had in Secunda Medupi power station in RSA. The system is now working and it took 2yrs to finish. All we need to understand that was suppose to be done 10yrs ago. The demand of power is higher than supply. We now use electrical appliance like stoves, oven, geyser,iron. And the factories are also having new big machines. And that put the grid under pressure. But now i am happy that the problem is solved.

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