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MALAWI, AFRICA – In a groundbreaking development, the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has sealed a transformative partnership with the Electricity Generation Company of Malawi (Egenco) to harness Malawi’s vast geothermal potential. This collaboration marks a pivotal moment for Malawi as it ventures into the untapped world of geothermal energy.

GDC, a trailblazer in the geothermal energy sector, is set to play a pivotal role in assisting Malawi to unlock its estimated 4,000 megawatts of geothermal energy resources, long dormant and awaiting exploitation. These resources, primarily located in the southern Chitipa-Karonga region, are poised to usher in a new era of sustainable electricity generation for the nation.

Speaking at the official signing ceremony, GDC’s Managing Director, Paul Ngugi, expressed his enthusiasm for this landmark partnership, stating, “This is an important milestone for our two entities as we seek energy solutions for Africa. GDC is honored to be your partner of choice as you embark on this exciting journey of developing your geothermal resources.”

Malawi, heavily reliant on hydro, biomass, and fossil fuels for electricity generation, has been facing a surging demand for power, causing supply shortages. This collaboration signifies a significant step towards diversifying the nation’s energy mix, reducing its dependence on conventional sources, and promoting sustainability.

Egenco’s CEO, William Liabunya, echoed this sentiment, saying, “It is a new beginning for Malawi. We are happy to collaborate with GDC as we seek to diversify our energy sources.”

GDC, well-equipped for the task at hand, boasts a fleet of seven state-of-the-art drilling rigs primed for deployment in various countries. Over the years, GDC has consistently provided technical expertise to Djibouti, Ethiopia, Comoros, Tanzania, and Uganda, cementing its reputation as a leading authority in geothermal energy development across the African continent.

This partnership between GDC and Malawi mirrors a growing trend on the African continent, with similar agreements between KenGen and various African nations on geothermal power exploration and generation. KenGen is currently spearheading geothermal drilling projects in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Rwanda, with plans to extend its reach into neighboring Tanzania.

As Africa continues to harness the immense potential of geothermal energy, these collaborations are expected to bring about a seismic shift in the region’s energy landscape, fostering sustainability and economic growth for the participating nations.

With GDC and Egenco’s strategic alliance, Malawi is now poised to embark on a promising journey towards sustainable, renewable energy, further solidifying Africa’s position on the global map of green energy innovation.

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By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
7th September, 2023

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