Two Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funded power transmission substations to be constructed in Lilongwe and Balaka are expected to improve efficiency in the country’s power supply.
The two substations will link the 400KV overhead power line from Phombeya in Balaka to New Lilongwe substation in Nkhoma where it will land and supply to other stations.
MCC chief executive officer Dana Hydes said this during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 400kV New Lilongwe power substation in Nkhoma yesterday.
Hyde said the two giant power transmission substations shall empower Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to stabilise and strengthen Malawi’s electricity network.
“Escom will be able to deliver better service because this line and other elements of the compact’s infrastructure project will increase the capacity of Malawi’s grid by some 500 megawatts, more than double the amount of electricity that Malawi produces today,” Hyde said.
In his remarks, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka said the power substations will, among other things, boost the country’s mining and irrigation sectors.
The ceremony was also attended by United States Ambassador Virginia Palmer, the public, private sector, political and traditional leaders.