Aggreko commends Malawi govt for procuring diesel powered genset to minimise blackouts

Managing Director of Power Solution Africa, a subsidiary of Aggreko, James Shepherd said the decision by Malawi government to procure diesel powered generators will ensure that both urban and rural areas have access to electricity consistently.

The commissioning of 55 megawatts (MW) diesel generators iwill reduce the load shedding hours by six hours, meaning consumers will have four hours of no electricity

Due to persistent black outs which Malawi experienced for the past few months, government made a bold decision to buy 78 diesel powered generators from Aggreko to add electricity power to the national grid.

The 55 stand-by megawatts diesel powered generators are expected to operate six hours daily thereby reducing the hours of blackouts from 24 hours to nine hours.

In an interview with, Shepherd said the decision by Malawi government comes at the right time when more countries around the globe strive to woo investors to grow their economy.

He said Malawians should be assured that the generators are very effective and Malawians will never regret the government’s decision.

“We have been in business since 1962; listed on the London Stock Exchange with our headquarters in Scotland; our core function is to design and manufacture equipment specifically for the stand-by diesel generators requirements and work with leading innovators to ensure our equipment offers maximum fuel flexibility by using gas, diesel and renewable fuel resources,” said the MD.

He added: “our business helps to transform the livelihoods of individuals, organizations and general communities globally and that’s what has made us the world’s leading provider of modular, mobile power and heating equipment, operating from more than 200 locations worldwide. So Malawi made the wisest decision.”

He explained that his company recognizes the fact that hydro-power has been a challenge in many countries due to erratic rains, and it is for this reason that Aggreko manufactures energy equipment to ensure that people have electricity and spur country’s economy in the process.

He however hoped that the business relationship between Malawi and Aggreko would continue to flourish.

Speaking during the commissioning of the generators in Blantyre, President Mutharika assured Malawians that with the generators installed, the story of blackouts would be water under the bridge come May 2018 because apart from the current diesel powered generators the Energy Generation Company (Egenco) would also install other generators to boost energy generation and supply.

Among the 78 generators, 35 have been installed in Blantyre, 20 will be installed in Lilongwe and 23 in Kasungu among other areas. Meanwhile, Egenco plans to install other additional generators to generate 120 megawatts of power.



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W.H.O ?

Backward sh!%hole country….


What does minmising mean? When we still face the same equall blackouts as before. We need a change otherwise the installation and and tariff hike is just a betrayal to Malawians


ALERT. gensetgate is happening in full. some well wishers are benefiting from it.


James Shepherd is another useless person. Don’t hail the government because your parent company has benefited from our poor decisions. In the 21 st century the use of generators by a country is not justified. Our leaders let’s think going solar please.

How I wish

I second you brother, the problem is that we are being led by analogue leaders who are supposed to be in museums/retired. Our country will only change if it will be ruled by a leader who will be able to think and move with time.

How I wish

Reverse thinking, As the world is advocating for Green Technology, our Govt is happily embracing the opposite.. The very pple that are complaining the effect of global warming are happily embracing technology that is accelerating it. Yet we are witnessing its effects every year. Escom/Aggreko should declare the carbon emission from the generators and should plant and take care of trees that should be equivalent/more to the emitted carbon. If we have environmental CSO.. then this is your time to act..

How I wish

78 Generators.. my foot. What is the capacity of these generators (fuel consumption).. A Malawi tiyeni Tizale Mitengo..

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