Japan gives $48m grant for hydropower expansion project in Malawi

22 March 2015 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2015 18:30)

The Government of Japan has given a JPY5.77bn ($48m) grant to Malawi to upgrade the Tedzani electricity hydropower station in the African country.

The Government of Japan has given a JPY5.77bn ($48m) grant to Malawi to upgrade the Tedzani electricity hydropower station in the African country.

The expansion project will raise the facilities’ power generation capacity by 21.8MW.

Currently, the African country is facing a power crisis, which is affecting the local and the industrial sector.

A statement released by Japanese Embassy in Malawi read: "Currently, Malawi is faced with frequent power outages due to the shortage of power supply and this has negative implications on the lives of ordinary people as well as on industrial activities.

"The expansion project will raise the facilities’ power generation capacity by 21.8MW."

"By promoting the sustainable supply of electricity, the project is expected to strengthen the foundation for Malawi’s economic growth."

The grant is the largest allowed by the Japanese Government to the government of Malawi to date.

Expansion plans for Tedzani hydroelectric facility is likely to increase its capacity with three components: the 40-MW Tedzani 1 and 2, and 52.7-MW Tedzani 3, in due course.