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MCA-M HANDOVER COMPACT PROJECTS IN THE NORTH TO MALAWI GOVT

 

 

Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-Malawi) has finally handover all infrastructure projects in the Northern Region that have been constructed and rehabilitated under the $350.7million Malawi Compact.

The official handover took place at the new Bwengu Substation in Mzimba where Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Patrick Matanda was a guest of Honour.

In the north, the compact has seen the rehabilitation of Karonga, Bwengu, Luwinga and Chintheche sub-stations, construction of Sonda and New Bwengu sub-stations as well as installation of overhead lines from Chintheche to Bwengu.

The projects have already enhanced supply of electricity to the region, according to Simon Itaye, Chairperson of the MCA-Malawi Board of Trustees.

“We now have 132kv steel overhead lines from Chintheche via Mzuzu to Bwengu, in the past we had 32kv lines on wooden poles which required a lot of maintenance hence affecting supply. Aside that, the new overhead lines carry a high voltage profile,” said Itaye.

On her part, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Resident Country Director Molly Glenn described the Malawi Compact as a success, saying the project has helped improving, reforming and sustaining the power sector in the country.

In the afternoon, MCA-Malawi conducted an exhibition where guests appreciated the Compact investment through a five-minute video and a photo gallery.

As it stands now, the Compact has laid a solid foundation for more reliable and stable power for businesses, industries and families across Malawi while creating interconnection points for power imports and exports with Mozambique (through new Phombeya Substation), Zambia (through new Nkhoma Substation) and Tanzania (through new Bwengu Substation) in near future.

Following the successful handing over of Compact projects in the Northern Region, MCA-Malawi is also scheduled to handover similar projects in the Central Region on October 23, 2018, before handing over projects in the Southern Region between October 29 and 30, 2018.

Below are a few highlights of the handover event in a pictorial focus:

An ESCOM engineer explains to guests inside a newly-constructed Control Room at the new Bwengu

 

Invited guests pose for a group photo after the official handover ceremony

 

Matanda (right) receives a dummy key from a U.S Embassy in Malawi official as MCC Resident Country Director Molly Glenn looks on