Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) makes a capital contribution of $548,100 towards the construction of the line to Mwami border- ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the power line, Mr Nkhuwa said the development will not only benefit Zambia but also neighbouring countries, especially in areas where financial resources are scarce.

The project is targeted to supply Malawi with 20 Megawatts of power in order to mitigate the power deficit has continued being experienced in that region.

He said the shared grid will further attract investors from both Malawi and Zambia, which is intended to cater for the increasing populations.

Mr Nkhuwa notes that the connection of electricity will be also be beneficial to nearby schools, clinics and villages, in order to help reduce inequalities between rural and urban areas.

“Easy access to electricity also has power to reduce the gender inequalities in society owing to various roles that men and women must play in their daily lives,” he said.

And Malawian Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi has commended the Zambian government for assisting his country towards reducing load-shedding.

“As you are aware, Malawi has been facing serious power shortages during the past seven years. This problem resulted from a number of factors both natural and man-made. I greatly excited to see this project coming to fruition,” he said.

Meanwhile, ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende said the Malawian government through Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) made a capital contribution of $548,100 towards the construction of the line to Mwami border.

Mr Mundende said the scope of works included the construction of the 35 kilometres of 33 kilovolt overhead line from Chipata West into Mchinji and the establishment of a switching station at the border.

Meanwhile ESCOM Chief Executive Officer Alexon Chiwaya said his company looks forward to engaging ZESCO in future power supply projects.

Dr Chiwaya said ESCOM is effectively working to address the current power challenges being experienced in Malawi.

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