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The project to build a 218-kilometer line to supply power to Malawi will be subject to public consultation on 28 and 29 December in Tete province, central Mozambique, state-owned electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) said in a statement on Monday.
The statement said this project will include construction of two substations, one in Matambo in Tete province and another in Phombeya, Malawi, and the electricity supplied will be produced at the Cahora Bassa dam.
In June the Mozambican press reported that the transmission line may begin to be built in 2018, with a five-year construction period, as part of a 19-year-old project that is currently budgeted at US$120 million.
The first memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries on the interconnection of their respective electricity systems was signed in 1998, but since then changes in the governments of Malawi have delayed implementation.
The high-voltage power line with the capacity to transport 200 megawatts of electricity, which is sufficient to power all of Malawi, will be 218 kilometers long, with 140 kilometers being the responsibility of Mozambique and the remaining 78 kilometers that of Malawi.
Mozambique sells electricity to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Zambia. (source: Macauhub)