Malawi to seek grid link to Mozambique’s 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa

National utility Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) plans to seek bids for a transmission line and substation to carry 300 MW from Mozambique’s 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydroelectric project to Malawi consumers.

The government of Malawi said it will seek US$30 million in World Bank financing for the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnector.

In December, Mozambique Energy Minister Salvador Namburete said hydro operator Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa won an international power supply solicitation by ESCOM. (HNN 1/2/07) Cahora Bassa, on the Zambezi River, is to supply 100 to 200 MW by 2009, with the amount later increasing to 300 MW.

Malawi plans to seek bids for:
o A 220-kilovolt transmission line of 80 kilometers from the Mozambique border to a new substation site at Phombeya, north of Blantyre;
o The 220-kV Phombeya substation, including switchgear, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, protection, and telecommunication equipment;
o Extension and upgrading of existing load dispatch center, including SCADA, protection, and telecommunication equipment;
o Reinforcement of existing transmission system;
o Consultancy services for feasibility studies, system and equipment designs, preparation of bidding documents for procurement, and project management during construction.

Prospective bidders who want to be on a mailing list for invitations to pre-qualify or bid are invited to contact the address below. For information, contact Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi, Attn.: L.J. Nchembe, Senior Manager (Projects), 9 Haile Selassie Road, P.O. Box 2047, Blantyre, Malawi; (265) 1-822000; Cell phone: (265) 0-8365393; Fax: (265) 1-822008; E-mail: lnchembe@escommw.com, escom@malawi.net.

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