Japan makes grant for Malawi’s Tedzani hydropower projects

A US$300 million grant from Japan to Malawi will be used for the development and construction of the Tedzani hydropower project.

The landlocked country in southeast Africa has been working toward diversifying its generating fleet for decades and forecasts even more demand in coming years.

“As you are aware, poor electricity supply has been recognized as one of the factors deterring investors and weakening the competitiveness of our local industries,” Malawi Minster of Finance Maxwell Mkwezalamba said during a signing ceremony earlier this week.

The Tedzani hydroelectric plant could eventually include three components: the 40-MW Tedzani 1 and 2, and 52.7-MW Tedzani 3.

HydroWorld.com reported this past April that Malawi sought consultants to perform environmental studies for projects located in the Shire River Basin, which will eventually be home to the Tedzani plants.

Malawi’s 64.8-MW Kapichira Falls plant is also located in the Shire River Basin. Mkwezalamba said the country had experienced frequent blackouts until the project was commissioned in January.

The government of Malawi extended a call for gates, civil construction, weed collector at Kamuzu Barrage earlier this month.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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