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Zambia, Malawi sign 330KV power pact

YALUMA

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malawi for the construction of a 330 kilovolt (KV) electricity transmission line aimed at improving power supply between the two countries.
Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma signed for Zambia while Malawi’s Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Masaka signed for his country.
Speaking during a signing ceremony in Lusaka on Tuesday, Mr Yaluma said the MoU is meant to facilitate trade in power and telecommunications through an underground optic fibre between Zambia and Malawi.
“The interconnector transmission line will enhance trade in energy for both countries and that interconnectivity among SADC countries will help manage the power networks in the region effectively,” Mr Yaluma said.
The minister also said the signing of the MoU is long overdue because the project will be beneficial to both countries once completed.
“This will help us manage our power supply in the SADC region and give guarantee and security on power supply,” Mr Yaluma said.
He also said Government will sign another MoU with Mozambique on power supply.
Mr Yaluma also said Government is putting up another 330 KV interconnector with Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We are trying to position ourselves as a country so that we have power at any time,’’ he said.
And Mr Masaka said energy is a challenge for both countries and needs urgent attention.
“There is need to provide energy to meet the needs of the people and to also have enough to export to neighbouring countries,” he said.
Mr Masaka said Malawi is currently undergoing an energy revolution because the country wants to promote its mining sector.
“We shall work with Zambia, which has also developed its mining industry,” he said.

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