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CONSTRUCTION OF 400kV TOWERS COMPLETED

Erection of towers on the 400 kilovolts (kV) Overhead Transmission Line from Phombeya in Balaka to Nkhoma in Lilongwe is now completed.

The last tower was erected on May 31, 2018, marking the end of tower erection exercise on this high-voltage line, regarded as the backbone of Malawi’s electricity transmission network.

Following the completion of tower erection and stringing, the Contractor, Kalpataru Limited of India, is expected to commence looping in and out of the towers at both Phombeya and Nkhoma Substations.

Todate, less than 18 kilometers of this line is yet to be strung before the actual commissioning of both the line and the two Substations.

Once commissioned, this new line will provide a secure transmission link between the Southern region, where 99 percent of power is generated, and the Central region.   The line is also expected to increase the capacity to evacuate power from the South to the Central and Northern Regions, thereby improving the efficiency and quality of power to the two regions.

Construction of this line, which covers a distance of 173 kilometers, is part of the $350.7 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact investments, under the Malawi Power Compact.

Apart from investing in Infrastructure Development, MCA-Malawi is also supporting Government to implement Energy Sector Reforms to increase efficiency and access to electricity. The reforms are expected to create an enabling environment for private-sector participation in Malawi’s power market

 

One of the towers on the line

 

The 400 kV line captured along the Masasa Golomoti Road popularly known as Khwekhwelele Road

 

The line stretches for a distance of 173 kilomters