Interconnectors at transmission level
Mozambique-Malawi Interconnection Project
The objective of the Project is to interconnect Malawi and Mozambique’s electricity transmission system to enable the two countries to engage in bilateral and regional power trade in the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). It is envisaged that once the generation capacity in Malawi surpass the local demand, in recent future, Malawi will participate in power trading with the rest of the members of SAPP through this interconnector.
The total estimated cost for the project is US$ 88 million. The Government of Malawi has secured financing for the project through a loan from International Development Association (IDA) amounting to SDR 11 million (Equivalent to US$ 15 million), a grant from IDA amounting to US$ 42 million, a Government counterpart funding amounting to US$ 7 million and a grant from a single Donor Trust Fund for Norway amounting to US$ 24 million. Government is expected to use its own resources to finance the compensation and relocation of Project Affected Persons (PAPs). A total US$3.6 million is expected to be spent on this exercise.
The feasibility studies for the Malawi-Mozambique interconnector were completed successfully leading the two countries to jointly secure financing for the project. Procurement of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) Contractor was completed and construction is underway. The scope of the Project is to interconnect the Mozambique and Malawi Power Systems at 400kilovolts(kV) through a transmission line to be constructed from Matambo Substation in Tete Province in Mozambqiue to Phombeya Substation in Balaka District in Malawi. Malawi intends to initially import 50MW of power from Mozambique. The project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2023.
Interconnectors at distribution level
3MW is being from Mozambique through Mandimba to Mangochi with a potential to increase the importation to 10MW at distribution level. Further to that, Malawi signed a power supply agreement with Zambia in December 2018 for importation of 20MW through Chipata and Mchinji