Chilima says Salima Solar Project a breakthrough to persistent power shortages

State Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima says the Salima Solar Project is critical in addressing the Malawi’s irritating power shortages.

Chilima visited the Salima solar project
Chilima: On the ground checking projects

He made the remarks when he visited project site in Salima today.

Chilima, who is also the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, has today embarked on a tour of public project sites to appreciate the state of implementation and progress made against planned implementation.

The Vice President has already held discussions with implementing entity for the Nkhotakota-Msulira Road – Shire Construction Company – and JMC Power, which is implementing the solar project in Salima and Dedza districts.

“The purpose of the visit is to appreciate the progress being made on the public projects as well as to understand the challenges the implementing entities are facing in their work. I am generally impressed from the stories thr management of JMC Power have told me and I am quite sure this project will play a crucial role in addressing the problem of power outages,” said Chilima.

The Country Director for JMC Power, Phylip Ceferink, lamented that the emergence of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) disrupted operations at the site as employees were forced to work from home.

Howe, Ceferink assured that, all things being equal, the company will start selling 60 megawatts of power to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) by April 2021.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

Great gteat gteat news.
kukubweta Covid Vaccine . storage requires -70°.zofunikila tizionadi hands on osati za dzana zija.
henry mussa anakwakwaza ma generator.MBUZI sasamba uja.

Okay
Okay
7 months ago

What can 61mw do? It’s too little. Why can’t you just build coal power plants? We have lots of coal mined at mchenga and kaziwiziwi in rumphi. Forget those europeans who say coal is bad, they have benefited from it for 200 years, don’t listen to them.

Cassim Bwanali
Cassim Bwanali
7 months ago
Reply to  Okay

Think of this bro: for the past 56 years Malawi’s total power production has only peaked to about 350MW. Now, in less than 12 months JMC intends to produce 60MW of solar power, which is about 17% of total national power output. You think that is a mean achievement? You call it “too little?”

Noxy
7 months ago

APM’s Signature!

Thengo-Li-Weta
Thengo-Li-Weta
7 months ago
Reply to  Noxy

Signature yo amalembera ndalama zake? Mmayesa amakhala ku Sanjika ndi ku Kamuzu Palace zomwe anamanga Kamuzu? Muzadziwa liti kuti zinthu za dziko zilibe personal glory?

Me you
Me you
7 months ago
Reply to  Thengo-Li-Weta

It’s not APM’s signature if that makes you feel happy.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
7 months ago

Power will be added to the grid but the animal ESCOM contributes to our 90% of our power outage problems. When it rains we experience power outages due to falling poles, burnt transformers and to maintain these takes forever. Their maintenance team lacks capacity: ranging from lack of skills, resources etc. They have ineffective call center system that fails to coordinate all faults call outs. How I wished the whole ESCOM was outsourced to a very effective and efficient company to help the country.

che
che
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

agree,actually escom should be listed on stock market

Benjones87
Benjones87
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Totally agree with you.

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