Malawi’s President, Lazarus Shakwera, won several agreements to secure his country’s energy needs during his visit to Mozambique, including the electrical connection and studying the possibility of establishing a gas pipeline project.
The two countries announced in a joint statement, yesterday, Monday, April 25, the study of transferring gas from the company “Rovuma Gas Service” in the city of Cabo Delgado, north of Mozambique, to Malawi, through the inauguration of a pipeline linking them, according to the “Club of Mozambique” website. Quoted from the Portuguese agency Lusa.
The pipeline project aims to export Mozambique gas to neighboring Malawi in southeast Africa.
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The working team accompanying Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera agreed, during his visit to Mozambique, to study the possibility of constructing a pipeline that would enable the country to import gas from their African neighbor.
Malawi supports Mozambique in its fight against armed groups in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado region, through the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The African Development Group met earlier this month to discuss extending the work of its forces, in which Malawi is participating, in Cabo Delgado province, to combat armed groups linked to ISIS.
These groups caused the French company Total Energy to declare force majeure last year with a huge gas extraction project, with an investment cost of $20 billion.
Mozambique and Malawi agreed, during the visit of the President of the latter to the former, last weekend, to study the establishment of a joint company to generate hydroelectric power from Zua Falls on the Rio River, with an expected capacity of 41 megawatts.
Mozambique has also received Malawi’s approval to develop a hydropower project, to be shared by the residents of Melaneje in Mozambique and Thyolo in Malawi, with a capacity of 1.9 megawatts.
Mozambique and Malawi inaugurated the electrical interconnection project, to cover the increasing demand for electricity in the latter from the former.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa, and lost 30% of its electricity generation capacity last January, due to Tropical Storm Anna, which destroyed the main part of the plant.
Malawi’s president described the electrical interconnection project with Mozambique as “historic”. Because it provides reliable electricity to its people.
He added that the electrical interconnection project will increase trade opportunities between Malawi and Mozambique, and provide 1,000 job opportunities for the two peoples.
The electrical interconnection project between Malawi and Mozambique, which costs 154 million dollars, is financed by the World Bank, the European Bank, in addition to the German Development Bank, according to the “Fu News” website.
“The demand for electricity in the country is around 550 megawatts, and we can only generate 350 megawatts,” said the spokesperson for the Malawi power grid operator.
He continued, “The capacity of the electrical interconnection project with Mozambique, which Mozambique supplied to us, is supposed to reach 1,000 megawatts in 2025, according to the president’s vision.