Malawi has today added 20 Megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid and government hopes the additional power will reduce blackouts.
The 20 MW have been added following the switching on of the Chipata-Mchinji 33 KV cross border power supply.
The electricity from Zambia will directly go to Kasungu, Mchinji and part of Lilongwe.
Speaking during the switching on ceremony at Mwami-Mchinji border, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi, said additional electricity will cut hours of power outages in Malawi.
He added that government plans to import more power to further reduce the power challenges.
Zambian Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said his country has 700 megawatts spare power and they are willing to export.
In Malawi, blackouts are a huge challenge with many areas going over 9 hours without power.