Kam'mwamba Coal Fired Power Project

The proposal is to set up a Coal fired power plant which will generate 1,000 MW. However, because of the scale of the project, implementation will be done in phases. Phase I will involve the construction of 300 MW. This will help the country to diversify away from hydroelectric power generation. The 300 MW plant will require an average annual coal supply of 1 million metric tonnes with an average life span of 40 years. 

The Government of Malawi has decided that this coal fired power plant should be established and will initially be using imported coal from Moartize in Mozambique. The proposed site for the power plant is Kammwamba along the Zalewa Road about 6 km south of the new Neno rail station. The plant will be very close to the railway line Vale is constructing from Moartize. 

The location is ideal in reducing coal transportation cost, the water supply is also near because the Shire River is only 4 km away and Lisungwi River is also about 5 km away. The site is also close (10 km) to the proposed Phombeya Substation in Balaka for the Malawi - Mozambique Power Interconnector.  The total cost of the project is estimated at US$667 million. The project will be implemented jointly by Malawi Government and China Gezhouba through Kammwamba Coal Fired Power Generation Company with financing from Exim Bank of China.

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