Construction of Mbongozi hydro power plant in Ntchisi is expected to inject 41 additional megawatts to the country’s power grid.

The addition is 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.

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