18-MW being added to Tedzani hydropower complex in Malawi, Africa

State-owned Malawi Electricity Generation Co. (EGENCO), Mitsubishi Corp. and Calik Enerji have signed agreements to increase the capacity of the Tedzani hydropower complex, located in Malawi, Africa, by 18 MW, according to EGENCO.

EGENCO Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya, said during the agreement signing earlier this month that the company is constructing the 18 MW Tedzani IV hydropower station.

The Tedzani IV project will add 18 MW to the grid and is being implemented with US$52 million in funding from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and local funding.

The 93-MW Tedzani hydropower complex is located on the Shire River, 7 km downstream of the Nkula Falls A hydropower facility, itself being modernized from 24 MW to 36 MW with completion expected in 2018. According to EGENCO, the Tedzani complex comprises three power stations: Tedzani I and Tedzani II, each at 20-MW and the 79.5-MW Tedzani III.

Under the agreement, Mitsubishi is scheduled to begin construction in October with project commissioning expected in 2020.

“Together with Calik Energy we have a vast experience especially in the Middle East,’ said Acting General Manager of International Economic Corporation of Mitsubishi, Masato Kume. “This is our first project in Africa and we want it successfully done.”

According to Calik Enerji, based in Istanbul, Turkey, the company is contracted for engineering, construction, hydromechanical and electromechanical installation and commissioning.

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