The Malawi leader was speaking at the official inauguration of the 19 Megawatts Tedzani IV Hydropower plant in Blantyre.
Tedzani IV Hydropower Plant has been constructed with a US$52 million (about K41.6 billion) grant from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the Electricity Generation Company Limited (Egenco) contributed US$ 4.8 million (about K3.8 billion) worthy of cement and steel towards the project.
He said with the commissioning of the plant, his administration was going towards the fulfillment of the 1000 Megawatts he promised while answering questions in Parliament some two weeks ago.
“It’s 19 Megawatts down and 981 to go. I expect that the officials at the Ministry of Energy will not allow us to lose this momentum or miss our targets,” said Chakwera.
Emphasizing the importance of electricity to the nation’s growth, the Malawi leader had this to say: “if we don’t get things right in our power supply service, it will have a knock-on effect on our vision to create jobs, create wealth, and create food security.
“If we don’t get things right in our power supply service, we will miss the ambitious target of Malawi 2063, to become a middle-income country.
“If we don’t get things right in our power supply service, we will continue to lose lives needlessly in our hospitals every time the electricity goes out.
Concurring with Chakwera, the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Iwakiri Satoshi said energy development “is one of the inevitable parts of economic infrastructure. Thus Tedzani Hydropower Station will enable Malawi to achieve one of vision 2063’s goals.”
The plant was constructed by Egenco, Calik Enerji, Mitsubishi Cooperation, and Tokyo Electric Power Services Cooperation.
Egenco operates four hydro Power Stations namely: Nkula (135.1MW), Tedzani (121.1MW), Kapichira (129.6MW), and Wovwe (4.35MW) all adding up to 390.15MW.
The Company also operates thermal diesel power plants across the country in Mzuzu (Luwinga 6MW), Lilongwe (Kanengo 20MW, Lilongwe A 5.4MW) and Blantyre (Mapanga 20MW) with an overall of 51.4MW.
EGENCO also operates a hybrid system comprising 1.824MW thermal diesel power plants and 1.3MW solar photovoltaic power plants at Likoma and Chizumulu Islands.