Construction of Mbongozi Hydro Power plant in Ntchisi is expected to inject 41 additional megawatts to the country’s power grid. The addition I s less than 10 megawatts short of current projected demand for uninterrupted supply.
The energy power scheme along Bua River is an initiative by an Independent Power Producer IPP-HE Power Limited.
According to its Managing Director Hemant Bhagat, the project includes construction of a multipurpose dam for power generation, fish farming and irrigation.
Speaking when Minister of Energy Engineer Newton Kambala toured a construction site for the power scheme, Bhagat added the initiative will unlock employment opportunities for over 2000 people.
The Minister has described the initiative as a crucial step towards expanding people’s seamless access to electricity supply.
He has further underscored the need for Malawi to diversify her energy sources to help bolster the country’s development agenda.
A financier for the 200 million US dollar project has since been identified.