The Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi has officially handed over the newly built Phombeya Substation to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited. Handing over the Substation, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President Jean Hauche said MCC is pleased with the work that has taken place in completing the substation in time.
Receiving the Substation on behalf of the Malawian People, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Honourable Aggrey Massi, MP, thanked the American Government and said that the substation means a lot to the development of Malawi’s power sector.
“This substation will make Malawi part of the Southern African Power Pool and enable the country to buy power from neighbouring countries such as Mozambique,” said the Minister.
His sentiments were reiterated by ESCOM’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Allexon Chiwaya who said that previously ESCOM was not able to buy and sell power from and to other countries.
Dr. Chiwaya further said that the substation will contribute to the expansion of the power sector in Malawi as it will be the connection point for various Independent Power Producers that will soon be in operation in the country.
“Phombeya Substation opens up Malawi to the region as we will now be able to receive and sell power, unlike previously,” Chiwaya said.
“The 400kV transmission line is capable of transmitting up to 1,000 Megawatts of power, which is three times more than the current power capacity of the whole country. It already makes provision for the transmission of power that will be brought in by Independent Power Producers or imported from neighbouring countries.” He said.
Phombeya Substation is part of the Infrastructure Development Project (IDP) that has been funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the government of America under the $350.7 million MCC compact aimed increasing individual and business incomes and reduce poverty by improving the availability, reliability and quality of power supply, expanding access to power, reducing the cost of doing business, and revitalising Malawi’s power sector.
Delegates at the Phombeya Substation handover ceremony with Hauche, Massi and Chiwaya in the center.