Malawi commissions Kapichira hydropower plant expansion

A ceremony held earlier this month marked the official commissioning of the second phase of Malawi’s Kapichira hydropower project, builder China Gezhouba Group Corporation reported.

With Malawi president Joyce Banda and other dignitaries present, the 65 MW expansion was put into operation, effectively doubling the plant’s previous installed capacity.

HydroWorld.com reported that the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) sought contractors interested in an engineering, procurement and construction contract in 2009.

The Kapichira Phase 2 EPC contract was awarded to CGGC and included the addition of two 32 MW Francis-type turbine units, and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The project was finished two months ahead of its three-year deadline, CGGC said.

The plant is located along the Shire River. The government of Malawi announced earlier this month that it is seeking bids for gates, civil construction and a jib crane/weed collector for the upgrade of Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde — also located on the Shire River.

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