Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has awarded key agreements for the development of a 218-km transmission interconnector and Matambo substation under the Mozambique–Malawi Interconnection Project (MOMA).
The interconnector will run from the 400 kV Matambo substation in Mozambique to the 400 kV Phombeya substation in Malawi, and also involves the extension of the two substations. L&T from India has been awarded the contract for construction of the transmission line and extension of the Phombeya substation. Separately, Chinese Sino Hydro will be responsible for upgrade of the Matambo substation. Gopa Intec International from Germany will supervise all constructions works. The World Bank, EU through KfW, and the Government of Malawi through ESCOM are financing the USD127 million MOMA project. The project, which was originally expected to be completed by December 2022 but was delayed by the pandemic, is now expected to complete by October 2023.