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IDP Construction progress impresses Minister

Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining, Honourable. Aggrey Masi is satisfied with progress registered in the construction works under the Infrastructure Development Projects (IDP).

Masi expressed hope that construction works will be completed before September 20 2018, the MCC funded Power Compact will be closed.

“I am impressed with the progress of works. The contractors are doing a commendable job and I encourage them to continue,” said Hon. Masi.

He was speaking at Nkhoma Substation site in Lilongwe at the end of his familiarization visit of establishments and projects under his ministry.  The Minister also visited Dzenza (Area 25) distribution substation, Bunda Turn-Off transmission substation and 132kV transmission line construction site.

Masi expressed joy that women are also involved in the construction works observing that the development is in line with government’s policy of ensuring that women are represented in all spheres of life.

“It is quite pleasing seeing a number of women working hard in the construction sites. This is a welcome development and I would like to encourage more employers to involve women in the implementation of whatever projects they have,” said Hon. Masi.

He then called Malawians to continue supporting the project which he states is of national importance if Malawi is to realise quality and reliable power.  He therefore urged the media to positively communicate Compact progress.

“Let me also turn to you the media. It is important that you do not only focus on negative issues around the Malawi Compact but also assist government by encouraging every Malawian to support implementation of these projects,” said Hon. Masi.

The Minister visited the infrastructure project sites in the company of Deputy Head of Mission at the US Embassy Andrew Herrup, MCA-Malawi Chief Executive Officer Dye Mawindo and MCC Resident Country Director, Molly Glenn.

Speaking on behalf of the United States Government, the Deputy Head of Mission said that progress made in construction of the electricity infrastructure is a sign that the Malawi Compact is a success.

He commended MCA-Malawi for its commitment to ensuring that the Compact is within agreed timelines.

“We are focused on finishing in time which is next September. We have to work hard over the next year and everyone is committed to doing it, not only efficiently but also safely following all environmental, health and safety requirements as well,” said Herrup.

Investments being made in power infrastructure will modernized Malawi’s power systems and help to establish a strong foundation for Malawi to generate, transmit and distribute more power and increase capacity and access to electricity in the country.

Through Compact funds, the Government is strengthening policies and institutions that support these physical investments and create an enabling environment for companies to invest in Malawi’s power sector.


Chint official Ding interacts with the Minister and his accompanying team at Bunda Substation


Conco officials briefing the Minister at Dzenza


Hon. Masi after touring construction works at Nkhoma Substation


Hon. Masi being welcomed by MCA Malawi CEO Dye Mawindo at Dzenza Substation