Malawi’s economy to grow after coal plant project, says Mutharika

Peter Mutharika

Malawi President, Peter Mutharika anticipates a boost in the nation’s economy after the completion of 300MW Kammwamba coal-fired power plant.

His remarks come after he met with Wang Jianping Chairperson of the China Energy Engineering Group (CEEC), the parent company of the China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company.
The project is one of many others that Malawi has landed as ties with China continue to blossom.
“We’re very serious about this project. If we have their extra wattage from this project, our economy will perform much better than now,” QOUTES Mutharika as having said.
Jiang has since indicated that the Kam’mwamba project will be commencing after all the paperwork is done.
The project is aimed at increasing the power generating capacity of Malawi to meet the ever increasing demand.
Blackouts have been hitting Malawi over the last two years. Officials from energy statutory corporations have cited not just the increased demand but also lack of facilities and machinery.
It is estimated at US $667,232,814.



  1. Yes, but Malawi’s current power problems are during the day, when the sun is shining. Power cuts don’t happen in the middle of the night. Plus modern solar installations have largely solved the problem of storing excess power generated during the day through improved battery technology. Why isn’t the government permitting more solar power? Given the Paris climate accords, you can bet there’s funding available

  2. When it comes to pollution i agree with you mr Banda, however Coal plant is much viable project for the development of our country compared to solar energy which operates only during the day when the sun is out. Coal plant is powerful and runs 24/7 while when you use solar electricity power is drawn from the batteries and the panels charge batteries only during the day not at night.

  3. Why would Malawi build a coal plant? Coal costs money and pollutes the air. And it’s a technology of the past. Solar electricity is the future- sunlight is free and Malawi is blessed with an abundance of sunshine! A coal plant helps no one but the Chinese.

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