BLANTYRE WATER BOARD SIGNS CONTRACT WITH TATA CONSULTING ENGINEERS ON SOLAR PROJECT
Blantyre Water Board (BWB) on Saturday 11th June 2022 signed a contract with TATA Consulting Engineers Limited empowering them to carryout consulting services that will initiate a Solar Power Plant Project at it's largest pumping station at Walkers Ferry.
The signing ceremony took place at BWB Head Office where the company's Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert Hanjahanja exchanged signed contracts with the General Manager for TATA Consulting Engineers, Mr. Rajeev Menon.
Among the participants witnessing the ceremony were the Director of Technical Services Eng. Mavuto Chiipanthenga, the Director of Human Resources and Administration Mrs. Mercy Phiri, the Director of Finance Mr. Paul Chiumia, PIU Manager Mr. Stanley Bakolo, Projects Engineer Mr. Fazil Abdul-Latif, Acting Director of Debt and Aid in the Ministry of Finance Mr. Nation Msowoya, and Reginal Manager for TATA Consulting Engineers Mr. Anuj Parmar.
During the signing, Dr. Robert Hanjahanja was delighted to finally see the project coming to a start saying it will enable BWB to generate it's own 30MW electricity power which is enough to pump water from Walkers Ferry to Chileka without relying on ESCOM power. He also added that the project will reduce greatly the Board's operation costs on ESCOM electricity.
"This is a very exciting moment for us at Blantyre Water Board, for the longest time possible we have challenges with pumping water from Shire River to the city of Blantyre especially because we use a lot of ESCOM energy. We have just signed a contract with TATA, we are doing a consultancy which is leading to the actual project so that we can get off ESCOM grid by at least 30MW and it will help us to alleviate the burden we have financially when it comes to pumping water." He said.
Acting Director of Debt and Aid in the Ministry of Finance Mr. Nation Msowoya shared the excitement in his remarks saying he is happy to see BWB taking this first step towards establishing a Solar Farm since it will improve water supply services to the people of Blantyre.
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