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PHOMBEYA SUBSTATION WEARS NEW OUTLOOK AS CONSTRUCTION WORKS PROGRESS

There is progress in construction works for the 132/400 kilovolts (kV) Transmission substation at Phombeya in Balaka District under the $350.7 million Malawi Power Compact, being funded by the People of America through Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC.

Civil works are almost complete and the Control Building is will soon be ready for operations.

Currently power which is generated from Nkula B, Tedzani and Kapichira power stations is transmitted to the central and northern region at 132kV and 66kV respectively.

But with the construction of this new substation, the voltage will be stepped up from 132kV to 400kV at Phombeya Substation, before being stepped down from 132kV at Nkhoma Substation and further to 66kV, 33kV and 11kV through the high voltage transmission and distribution substations within the central region.

Transmitting power at high voltages reduces the power losses due to transmission and also improves system voltages, energy experts say.

Phombeya Substation will be the landing and take-off point for the Mozambique inter-connector and will connect Malawi with the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). The interconnector will enable Malawi access power from SAPP. This will also give an opportunity to trade power—buying when in deficit and selling when in surplus.

Below is an updated outlook for the substation in pictures:

 

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