The Mozambique-Malawi interconnection project aimed at boosting energy generation in the two countries has been launched at Phombeya power plant in Balaka district.

Speaking during the launch President Dr Lazarus Chakwera said the project once completed will absorb electricity demand in the country

Chakwera said shows the cordial relationship between Malawi and Mozambique

“Apart from the electricity compact the two countries are also collaboratively working on rehabilitation of Nacala corridor,” Chakwera

Speaking earlier Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi called on Malawi and Mozambique to provide necessary support to ensure the project is completed in time

Nyusi however advised his colleague to make sure that the project benefit the poor citizenry

He pledged to strengthen bilateral relationship that exists between Malawi and Mozambique

“Among others the Mozambique-Malawi interconection project will help the youths to be employed,” Nyusi

Through the project a high voltage power line from Matambo through Mautare in Mozambique to Phombeya in Balaka district via Mwanza and Neno will be constructed

It is packaged in two phases of construction of 218 kilometres power line and 400 kilovolts substation at Matambo in Mozambique

Minister of finance Felix Mlusu said project was co-financed by World Bank, KFW and Norwegian Trust Fund

“Mozambique-Malawi interconnection project provides an immediate guaranteed access to importation of 50 megawatts of energy from Mozambique and 200 megawatts from southern power pool,” Mlusu

He said the project is very critical for development of Malawi and attainment of vision 2063