More electricity blackouts for Malawi: Egenco says low water levels in Shire river to blame

Long hours of electricity black out days are back in Malawi with Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) saying this is due to low levels on Shire River.

Most parts of the country are having no electricity for as long as six hours or more, in the process choking production in all spheres of economic life.

Egenco says in a statement that the water in Shire river was 1.5 metres last year during the drought and has just risen just by 0.26 metres this since the onset of the rains.

According to Engenco,  the water has just risen from 473.5 metres from 473.0 metres in the river not enough to drive the power generation machines.

Egenco says it is controlling water at Liwonde Barrage to ensure that power generation continues.

However, Malawians in social media including Facebook are expressing concern that the electricity black out are happening at a time when the country is experiencing heavy rains and heavy flooding.

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7 thoughts on “More electricity blackouts for Malawi: Egenco says low water levels in Shire river to blame”

  1. Tpash says:

    Kodi Engenco so nde ziti? Ma reform ndi kusintha maina kapena improving service. Agalu nonse muuzane mwamva mxxxxxxx

  2. Ronald says:

    mavuto kumalawi sazatha basi ma resources tili nawo koma kuba basi atsogoleri tiyeni tikonde dziko lathu

  3. John Maweska says:

    These figures are not true and confusing. Why can’t EGENCO leave it to experts in MAIWD to talk about Shire river flows and Lake Malawi levels and they talk about generation problems. It is the Lake Malawi which has risen from 473 m to 473.5 m above sea level and not the Shire River. It is the flow of Shire River that matters in the production of electricity and not its levels. No wonder we have electricity supply problems . These guys are ignorant. Malawi Government please put the right people in Egenco> Same on you.

  4. naphili says:

    Malawians, just get used to blackouts! It`s our culture kkkkkk1

  5. CHINGALE says:

    Dear engineers and government
    It pains me lungs out when you talk of lower water levels
    At shire shire shire time and again
    You go to Japan China and other advanced countries on how to produce
    Or generate power but why is it taking so long to come up with a lasting solution to the problem? ??

    51 years after independence still talking of blackouts while our team of our well trained engineers are
    Busy chopping our taxes for nothing

    TRUELLY IF IT WAS KAMUZU YOU COULDN’T DO THIS NONSENSE

    You are sleeping on the job

  6. Chimanga says:

    How come its only the Shire that has no water? Usawi chichi?

  7. Fred says:

    SO SAD THIS COUNTRY..

    THEY BLAME SOMEONE OR SOMETHING FOR ALL THEIR FAILURES

    SOMALIA IS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY… WILL SURELY PASS MALAWI
    IN PROGRESS THE SAME AS MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA AND ZAMBIA HAS
    DONE

    THE MAIN PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY IS THE WIDESPREAD DISEASE OF JEALOUSY !..
    Tribalism and Religious hatred contributes also

    A FAILED STATE

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