Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-M), a local implementing agency of the $350.7million (about K257 billion) energy compact which wound up on September 20, has officially handed over power infrastructure constructed in the Northern Region.
The five-year compact financed by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States (US) Government agency, was aimed at expanding Malawi’s access to electricity by modernising infrastructure, institutional reforms and protecting the environment.
In the Northern Region, the infrastructure includes Sonda and Luwinga substations in Mzuzu, New Bwengu substation in Mzimba and a 169-kilometre distribution line from Chintheche in Nkhata Bay to Bwengu.
Speaking during the handover of the infrastructure at New Bwengu Substation last week, MCA-M board of trustees’ chairperson Simon Itaye said Malawians will now have an improved and reliable power supply, stabilised network and quality power.
US Embassy economic affairs officer Joel Hansen said the country has laid a foundation in the power sector to meet its goals of supplying electricity to 30 percent of the population by 2030.
Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Principal Secretary Patrick Matanda said the stability and improvement in power supply will lead to economic growth.