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MCA-MALAWI ENGAGES USA FIRM TO SUPPLY DREDGING EQUIPMENT

The Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi (MCA-Malawi), the entity implementing a $350.7 million compact between the Government of Malawi and the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), has awarded Ellicott Dredges LLC, of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, a $7 million competitively tendered contract, to supply dredging equipment to the Kapichira hydropower plant.

The contract, according to U.S Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer, will support the Government of Malawi’s efforts to strengthen the nation’s power sector. 

Under the contract, Ellicott Dredges LLC will supply dredging equipment to the Kapichira hydropower plant to help improve its power generation.

This is expected to reduce the sediment in the reservoir and therefore, increasing the amount of reservoir water volume and hydropower efficiencies.

“I commend MCA-Malawi on an open and competitive contract process that encourages companies to get involved in Malawi,” said Palmer in a statement released last week.

“It is always exciting when the experience and expertise of U.S. companies can support broader U.S. Government efforts to alleviate poverty and advance growth in Malawi,” she added.

MCC is working with the Government of Malawi to strengthen a foundation on which the nation’s power system can grow, including infrastructure and enabling policies that encourage accountability and private sector involvement.

The five-year compact, which is set to expire in September, 2018, consists of three projects designed to take a complementary approach to improving the sector.  Infrastructure investments and energy sector reform are complemented by a $31.5 million effort to support hydro-power generation through improved environmental practices in the Shire River watershed.

Nearly 95 percent of Malawi’s power is generated by hydro-power on the Shire River.  Weeds and sediment lower the water levels of the river, and accumulation in reservoirs reduces the amount of water that can be held, resulting in reduced power generation.  The dredging equipment procured from Ellicott Dredges LLC will remove the weeds and sediment and help to improve generation capacity at the Kapichira hydro-power plant.

MCA-Malawi is also working with local communities living along the Shire River to improve land management practices in order to combat erosion that impacts sedimentation.

 

A sample of a dredging equipment that will be supplied by Ellicott