The process of selection of the company that will build the power transmission line to Malawi from the central province of Tete in Mozambique will start in March, the chairman of Mozambican state power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) said.
Aly Sicola Impija told daily newspaper Notícias that the process of analysing the proposals to hire the works supervisor is now underway.
“Everything was ready for the tender to already have been launched, but financiers of the project demanded the introduction of the status of ‘hiring agency’, which has slightly delayed the process,” said the chairman of the state company, giving assurances that the deadlines would continue to be respected.
The electricity interconnection project between Mozambique and Malawi has an estimated cost of US$127 million, approximately US$100 million of which will be used for works in Mozambican territory.
Mozambique expects electricity exports to begin in 2022 and for the Tete-Phombeya line also to be used to supply electricity to towns and villages located along its route in Mozambique.
Malawi’s interest in buying electricity from Mozambique was formalised in 1998 with the signing of a memorandum, but since then Malawian leaders have been hesitant to move ahead with the construction of infrastructure, which has dragged the process until now.