Malawi: Power shortage threatens development plan -Chakwera

Malawi: Power shortage threatens development plan -Chakwera

Luka Beston

President Lazarus Chakwera has commissioned a 19 Megawatt hydro power plant at Tedzani Power Station in Blantyre.

Chakwera and Japanese ambassador (photo: State house)

The $60 million Tedzani IV project will increase the power station’s power generation capacity to 121MW from 102MW.

Speaking during the inuguration ceremony on Tuesday, President Lazarus Chakwera says if the country does not get right on power services, it risks losing out on development activities including Agenda 2063.

"Malawians have suffered power shortage far too long. If we will not get our power supply service right, we will miss out on future development plans. Chakwera said.

Board chairperson for Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) Zangazanga Chikhosi said the commissioning of the project will increase generation capacity more than three times.

"When we were coming up with this project in 2017, Malawi was experiencing power blackouts ever. However, this project will increase the company's electricity generation capacity to 441.55 MW". Chikhosi said.

Chikhosi has added that the power generating company is currently looking into other power altenative sources to complement the hydro electricity.

The Tedzani IV Power Plant was built with a $52 million grant from the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) with Egenco contributing $4.8million (MK6.5 billion).

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