Malawi blackout warning for Easter long weekend – Escom

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has issued a warning that Malawians will have a feast of Eeaster this coming weekend in the dark as there will be blackout  following  maintenance works they will carry out on  its power generation machines.blackout

Escom said in a statement that the nation will go dark during Easter weekend as Escom will undertake crucial planned maintenance works at Nkula, Kapichira and Wovwe hydro-power stations from 10pm this Wednesday to 6pm on March 28.

“During this [Easter] time, demand for electricity is lower due to the shutting down of most industries,” said Escom in a statement issued by its  public relations officer George Mituka

Escom said  Nkula Power Stations A and B will be taken out of service continuously from 10pm on Thursday 24th March 2016 to 6pm on Saturday 26th March 2016 to undertake planned maintenance works on intake structures, machines underwater parts and auxiliary equipment.

“This will result in the country’s generation capacity being reduced by 124 megawatts [MW], thereby necessitating increased power rationing throughout the country,” reads the statement.

It further said Kapichira Hydro Power Station will be shut down from 5am to 6pm on Sunday and Monday for maintenance works, including scouring and inspecting of dam embankments.

Escom said Wovwe Power Station will be shut down from 7am to 5pm each day during the period from March 25 to March 27 2016 for preventive maintenance and dredging of the intake pond.

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23 thoughts on “Malawi blackout warning for Easter long weekend – Escom”

  1. concerned says:

    Not surprised

  2. moses says:

    This problem of roadsheding, we are having 8 months now with shortage of power in our country Zambia

  3. MEGAMA says:

    I remember most of the forests were destroyed during Kamuzu. This time he allowed the establishment of tobacco farms. In Kasungu for example, huge estates mushroomed like General Farming Ltd, KFCTA (Kasungu Flue Cured Tobacco Authority), etc. destroyed alot.

  4. Dan says:

    Its just unfortunate that Escom concentrate most of the time on one factor when giving out their reasons of shutting down the machines, thus, industries (those having huge machines). But its high time for them now to consider that there are different segments of industries in which some they operate during those public holidies, we talk of hotels, restaurants, motels, hospitals, pvt clinics…etc.
    They actually use electricity most, holding constant the fact that some owns genesets. Ndiwo zionongeka mma refrigerator umo, ma operation sapangidwa affects specially ma big pvt hospitals…think of uncertainties that can occur in depending only the genesets, we talk of kutha mafuta, kusapereka moto, chikagwira ntchito nthawi yaitali…….

    ESCOM!!
    Continuously black out is not even safe for the country.

    Think about it kambiri

  5. Dan says:

    Its just unfortunate that Escom concentrate most of the time on one factor when giving out their reasons of shutting down the machines, thus, industries (those having huge machines). But its high time for them now to consider that there are different segments of industries in which some they operate during those public holidies, we talk of hotels, restaurants, motels, hospitals, pvt clinics…etc.
    They actually use electricity most, holding constant the fact that some owns genesets. Ndiwo zionongeka mma refrigerator umo, ma operation sapangidwa affects specially ma big pvt hospitals…think of uncertainties that can occur in depending only the genesets, we talk of kutha mafuta, kusapereka moto, chikagwira ntchito nthawi yaitali…….

    ESCOM!!
    Continuously black out is not even safe for the country.

    Think about it

  6. Benzo says:

    Peter walephera boma lamunyera.Why is ESCOM decampaining you.Where were they during all the days ,why easter holiday.

  7. nkausya says:

    Bvuto amalawi taononga chilengedwe nthawi ya angwazi magesi samazima Koma tabwela cheuje anayamba

  8. Sparrow Boy says:

    Sparrow Boy Oyimba Wanyuwani Kanyamata Kazaka Zochepa Komabe Ndimangomveka

  9. Sparrow Boy says:

    Koma Ayescomu Matamaaa Ati Chaniiii Aaaaaaa Mumatonyadaaaa

  10. like here in zambia we have facing this problem for about 8 months now. We ar in black out.

  11. unknown says:

    kulakwa..nde muganiza kuti anthu adzatani with no electricity,mwatienjeza asaaa

  12. chibweya joe says:

    Wr are used to that. Timangodabwa kuti pakatipa samazimazima. This is now Malawi we all know.

  13. patrick says:

    Why cant we give licences to foreign companies to start wind or solar power, Escom will and always remain inefficient, Why so much load shedding on easter all industries are closed so they should give power to all residential areas

  14. Njenjete says:

    Usova! Ine nilibe polobulemu….🐒🐒🐯🐯

  15. tb says:

    eeeesh zomvesa chisoni, masiku achuluka kwambirit

  16. Anadimba says:

    kusanjikanso azadzima?

  17. #MATHANYUALMUSTFALL

  18. Tchama says:

    tinazolowera osadanda ESIKOMU

  19. Malawi and their leaders are fucked up

  20. alhomwe atilaula says:

    eyiii! koma! are you people serious? mukufuna tizizachita chani koma, long holiday zoona without electricity?

  21. gringo says:

    nanga bwanji madera ena anazima ero kummawa ku

  22. Bread Wamasana says:

    OMG! Solar power a necessity now in Malawi for domestic lighting.

  23. Stevenson makungwa says:

    Ndiye Buy Malawi igwira chonchi?

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