Brace for more blackouts, Malawi power capacity down by 50 percent -Escom

Malawians should brace for more frequent electricity blackouts following a statement issued by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) which states that generation capacity at its Nkula and Tedzani Hydro power stations has gone down by 50 percent.

Prof. Ben Kalua: Disaster

Prof. Ben Kalua: Disaster

Escom stipulates that this is due to low water levels in Lake Malawi and low flows in the Shire river.

The country’s generation capacity now stands at 211.04 megawatts against a demand of 278 megawatts.

Malawians will be more irked because Escom is not even providing a specific time frame when the nation should expect normal electricity supply.

However, a professor of economics at Chancellor College, Ben Kalua told The Daily Times that this development will be disastrous as the situation brings serious risks to the already disjointed economy.

For instance, Kalua said as the country continues to experience unrealible power supply, more and more people are employing their own capacity to generate power.

“The energy sector is very critical to the economy as it is one of the key areas foreign investors consider before bringing their investment to any country. And it is not realistic for Malawi to channel more resources towards importation of things like generators when we have the capacity to generate our own energy here at home,”Kalua was quoted in paper.

Meanwhile most Malawians have asked Escom management to end these frequent blackouts because they are affecting small scale businesses like saloons, barbershops and welding.

John Kuzizwa, who operate a barbershop in Bangwe township said their business has been affected because they spend a day without electricity.

He also said Escom is not following their load-shedding time table.

“They switch off lights at their own will without following the time table which they gave us themselves,” he said.

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10 thoughts on “Brace for more blackouts, Malawi power capacity down by 50 percent -Escom”

  1. Brady says:

    too bad

  2. Mr Bambo says:

    Koma ku Nyasaland ziliko!!!

  3. Concerned malawian says:

    Mdima,nsanje,matenda,umphawi koma tikhala?How are we people with small business that relies on Escom going to survive?I feed my family from the small salon business after long job hunting.We have been told to brace ourselves for hardtimes by headhoncho wamutharika.So how do you expect people to survive if everything is not working?Malawi is really a failed state at the moment with this visionless Dpp.

  4. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Lake Malawi drying up! My fellow Malawians this is not a laughing matter. Imagine these season we again have a drought? How I wish the Kammwamba coal-fired electricity generation project started yesterday. In the mean time let each of us the 17 millions Malawians pour 5 litres of water into Lake Malawi may be it may raise its levels a bit. Hahaha nanga solution yake nkutani amangwetu?

  5. Jimbo says:

    An efficient and reliable power supply is absolutely essential if Malawi is to improve its economy. The current situation is disastrous for the country. What does the government have to say on the subject, nothing! It is all very well developing and building new roads around Lilongwe, but something urgently needs to be done to remedy ESCOM’s inability to supply adequate power to the country. Do the members of the government suffer power outages? I doubt it very much. They will have generator backup.

  6. benjnes says:

    ESCOMGATE IS WHAT IS NEXT. I AM SURE WE WILL SOON HEAR THAT THEY HAVE SOLD OUT ELECTRICITY TO A NEIBOURING COUNTRY THIS IS JUST A BLINDFOLD THERE IS SOMETHING THEY ARE HIDING FROM MALAWIANS ???????TO MANY QUESTION NO ANSWERS

  7. Amir says:

    Connect to Caborabassa mozambique…
    Yes will have to pay for it but atleast we will have power.Once we have capacity invite investors to open industries,iniciate tax holidays to attract investors and put Malawi in a competetive market,make finished products for export and local consumption.

    If we can’t afford to give power to the country then industry will have no choice then to eithe4 close down or resort to Generators which use significant amounts of diesel.which means diesel imports grow and still more forex will go out to pay for fuel…Gentlemen it’s we connect to Moz grid…

  8. PAUL says:

    I think solar energy is an option, let’s do sth to help Malawi grow……God help this nation!!!

  9. Eugene says:

    Torture for poor Malawians. Ndiponso what happened to the investigation of fire at Escom

  10. PETER NYADANI says:

    THESE ESCOM PEOPLE COLLECT ALOT OF MONEY FROM POOR PEOPLE

    BUT ELECTRICITY IS NOT CONNECTED TO PEOPLES HOUSES FOR SO LONG

    I THINK ITS HIGH TIME WE SHOULD START TAKING THIS ORGANISATION
    TO COURTS FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT !!

    SHUPIT THIEVES !!!

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