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MCA-MALAWI COMMISSIONS THREE POWER SUBSTATIONS

Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-Malawi) has energized three distribution and one transmission substations under the United States (US) government-funded $350.7 million Malawi Compact.

Commissioning of the three substations, David Whitehead, Ntonda, Limbe B and Chintheche will enable ESCOM to improve the distribution of power to its existing and new customers.

“Completion and commissioning of Ntonda, Limbe B and David Whitehead substations means that ESCOM can now connect new customers to the three substations because of the upgraded infrastructure. This will reduce system overload which has previously resulted in blackouts in certain areas;” said Dye Mawindo, MCA-Malawi’s CEO in an interview in Lilongwe.

Constructed 40 years ago, David Whitehead substation in Blantyre City, connects ESCOM’s customers around Makata industrial area and the high density residential site of Ndirande.

The commissioning of the new Ntonda substation, built next to the existing Blantyre West substation, is expected to improve quality and reliable power supply to peri-urban areas of Baluti, Zingwangwa, Manase and Mpemba.

The Malawi Compact, which commenced project implementation on September 20, 2013 and ending on September 20, 2018, has laid a foundation for expansion of the power sector.

The Compact has been working with ESCOM, MERA and the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining to restructure the power market, apart from investing in power infrastructure.

The Compact has invested in building the capacity of these institution as one way of creating an enabling environment for private sector entry into the country’s power market.

A well restructured market and expanded power infrastructure is expected to support Government’s agenda of increasing access to electricity through increased electricity generation, and importation of power through the Southern African Power Pool in future.

 

ENERGISED Chintheche Substation is now rehabilitated under the Compact