Malawi seeks funding for study of 175-MW Fufu Falls

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) seeks funding for a feasibility study of the 100- to 175-MW Fufu Falls hydroelectric project on the South Rukuru River.

Malawi’s Daily Times reported MERA Technical Regulation Director Welton Saiwa confirmed plans to launch the feasibility study, noting Norconsult of Norway completed a preliminary study in 1996.

�The estimated cost of the study is US$5 million,� Saiwa said. �However, the procurement of the consultancy services shall be on open tendering basis and the actual cost will depend on the least cost tender.�

Saiwa said the African Development Bank and potential investors from Australia, Zambia, and South Africa have expressed interest in funding the project.

A power development study conducted in 1998 showed the site has a capacity to generate between 100 and 175 MW depending on the dam construction methods.

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