Egenco, Escom blame Covid-19  lockdown for Malawi electricity blackouts 

State power producers and distributors have blamed coronvirus (Covid-19) for the current prolonged blackouts.

Gwaza: Power woes continue

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)  spokesperson Moses Gwaza said some machines at Kapichira hydro power station are not working due to a break down but Egenco cannot bring into the country spare parts it ordered from Germany due to a Covid-19 lockdown in that country and suspension of flights.

“Engineers who whom we hired to fix the problems cannot come due to the same covid-19 lockdown problem and suspension of flights,” he said.

He said the power stations are producing 97 megawatts of the power instead of the needed 129 megawatts at Kapichira.

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)  public relations manager Innocent Chitosi said the country was supposed to get extra 91 megawatts of electricity from solar power but engineers who were supposed to set up the panels in Salima could not arrive from China because of the Covid-19 lockdown and suspension of flights.

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Mwini muzi.
9 months ago

It doesn’t make any difference COVID or no COVID. Escom is tull of dead woods; needs scrabbing.

Mpweya zii
Mpweya zii
9 months ago

Excuses nde kudya kwao

Mpakaten
9 months ago

What is the meaning of essential services if spare parts and repairers cannot be allowed entry into the country?

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