The SINOHYDRO-SEPCO1 consortium is set to build a new electrical substation in Mozambique, part of a 142-kilometre transmission line to Zóbuè in neighbouring Malawi.
The new Matambo substation, in Manica province should have a capacity of 400KV including the current 220KV substation, according to state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).
Sinohydro, a hydropower engineering and construction company, and SEPCO1, which is part of the Powerchina group, are both Chinese state-owned companies.
EDM also announced that the Mozambique-Malawi electricity interconnection line will be built by Mumbai-based Larsen & Toubro Limited.
The US$35 million project should be ready by the end of this year, allowing the supply of energy to Malawi to begin in 2023.
On the Malawian side, the electricity interconnection project between the two countries was launched at the end of last year by the presidents of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, and Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera.
The energy to be supplied from the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Power Plant is forecast to make a substantial contribution to Malawi’s development projects.
This is the second project of its kind following the construction of the MOTRACO line, which interconnects Mozambique, Eswatini – formerly known as Swaziland – and South Africa.