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ERECTION OF TOWERS FOR 132 kV POWER LINE INTENSIFIES IN NORTHERN MALAWI

Construction works for the erection of steel towers is underway for the high voltage 132 kilovolts (kv) Overhead Line from Chintheche in Nkhatabay to Luwinga in Mzuzu and to Bwengu in Mzimba. So far about 40 towers have been constructed between Luwinga and new Bwengu power substations and about 80 foundations for the towers have been dug between Chintheche and Luwinga substations, according to officials from MCA-Malawi Consulting Engineer, Fichtner. The officials disclosed this to MCA-Malawi staff which inspected Infrastructure Development Project (IDP) sites in the northern region between September 18 and 23,2017. Once the Overhead Line will be installed on these steel towers, power will be transmitted at 132 kV from Chintheche to new Luwinga and Bwengu substations and these substations will be stepping down voltages from 132 kV to 66 kV, 33 kV and 11 kV for distribution to consumers. This new high voltage line, once installed, will help improve power reliability in the northern region and will reduce power losses due to transmission, among other benefits. The project is part of the $350.7 million Malawi power Compact, funded by the people of United States of America (USA) through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

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