MOMA Power Interconnector Project Works Commences

Ground breaking ceremony at Matimba Ground breaking ceremony at Matimba - pic by Luka Beston

The Mozambique – Malawi (MOMA) power interconnection deal with Mozambique is expected to materialize by December this year 2023, following the commencement of construction work for towers to carry the 400KV lines from Mathambo power station to Phombeya in Balaka.

Speaking to Zodiak Online Thursday after a ground-breaking ceremony at Mutarara, Tete province in Mocambique, Malawi's consular general, Happy Saka believes once completed, it will lessen blackouts in the country.

While commending the good bilateral relationship between the two sides on the project, Saka says it has delayed due to some feasibility studies and consulting processes, adding that "this is a new chapter for Malawi".

"We are happy that the dream is finally here. What we have actually seen today marks the beginning of ending power woes in Malawi. In a country where there is stable power and energy, a lot of companies will always come to invest," Saka said.

Lansen & Toubro Limited resident site manager, Ankit Kumar Sharma and Gora civil engineering & building contractors project manager, Gift Sikwese have assured that all being equal, the 218 kilometres project from Mathambo to Phombeya power stations, will be completed within the stipulated period.

The two say they are geared to do a commendable job.

"All the issues have been resolved, so we believe we are going to work according to the timeline," Sikwese said.

Gopa- Intec from Germany is a consultant while Malawian Gora civil engineering and building contractors, has been subcontracted to do 50 kilometers from the Mozambique side.

Malawi is expected tap about 120 megawatts from Cabrabasa power station through Mathambo in the deal.

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