Energy minister Muluzi says steady path to reduce load-shedding

In recent past, electricity power load shedding had been carried out by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and Energy Generation Company (EGENCO) at unprecedented levels that reached up to seven continuous hours a day — disrupting many businesses and the economy.

Muluzi first observe Coronavirus preventive measure before entering the National Power Control Station
Muluzi and ESCOM entourage inspecting the Aggreko diesel power generators
Minister of Energy, Atupele Muluzi Being briefed by ESCOM’s CEO Dr Allexon Chiwaya

But Minister of Energy, Atupele Muluzi, after a visit of ESCOM Power Station at Makata Industrial Area in Blantyre on Thursday, told the media that tremendous efforts are being done to mitigate the incessant power challenges being faced evidenced by the scaling down of the load shedding to four hours a day.

According to ESCOM and its sister company, EGENCO — which Muluzi also visited last week, the 7-hour load shedding initiated last week from the original four hours it was previously at, came about because of maintenance works on three plants at Kapichira Hydro Power.

ESCOM’s Public Relations Manager Innoce Chitosi said so far two of the power plants are operational and the remaining one is expected to roll out as soon as possible.

The Minister’s visit to EGENCO last week and ESCOM on Thursday was for him to be appraised and appreciate the efforts being done to mitigate the challenges the two face so as to see how the government can come in to render its support.

“It is important that we should always have stable and reliable power all the time,” he said. “Now that load shedding has been reduced to four hours, there is the need to see how we can forge ahead to have stable and reliable power.

“We have two other [private] generating companies who are working towards building solar power stations and they were expected to roll out out from April but with the outbreak of Coronavirus some of the equipment that was in transit has been halted.

“But once these two projects will finally roll out they will complement the hydro power system to undergo further rehabilitations and as well as stop relying on the diesel power generators done by Aggreko.”

Muluzi was also taken on a tour of the Aggreko diesel power generator plants situated at the ESCOM Power Station, which he acknowledged that they are very costly and cannot operate continuously.

He also said plans to interconnect power with the neighboring countries, especially Zambia are still under discussion in the same concerted effort to expedite the provision of stable and reliable power.

He took cognizance that in recent past, ESCOM has connected power to many customers including the rural areas and that’s where the challenge is to keep supplying all new and old customers.

“We are also exploring ways to have wind power and there are several stakeholders interested to do this business so that we can remove load shedding completely,” he said.

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WTF
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WTF

We are tired of hearing this story we need results

UDF
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Perpetuation of patriarchy at it’s best. We are done with you idiots. You think Malawi belongs to you alone. This time we will see you off. Mukagwire ntchito ya unakanga kodula ana.

Mwene
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Mwene

This has been the same Song by several previuos ministers who have occupied this post. We are not interested in familiarisation Tours or Speeches, we want Action and Results!!!!! that Load shedding ends Period!

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

cifukwa cani workware samavalaomwe ali pa ground on daily basis??????mabwana amavala helmet kopeleka ndowa olo kodzaona mipopi,whyyyyi??? mutu wao kuopa kuphwanyika ?what more ndi mutu waomwe akugumula zinthu ,kukumba on daily basis,
ZINA KAMBU ZINA LEKU
MWATI K 1 MILLION KWACA YAPITA MU THUMBA LA GETU??? ZUTI BWA???

C Banda
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C Banda

“Innoce Chitosi said … the remaining one is expected to roll out as soon as possible.”

Vague News!!!

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

shit dunderheads, it need3d to gey sorted out before this pandemic,you idiots. hiw can people stock up foodstuff and yet you and your boss has generators, and thom mpinganjila re routed 8 billion from eskom!! 2ho are trying to mock stupid idiots!!!!
check your numbers

N one
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I thought he was the minister of health!

KWANU MKWANU
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KWANU MKWANU

DPP Oyeeeeee, minister of energy now , but last time he was minister of healthy, something must be wrong with APM.

botolo
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botolo

you have been doing this for the past how many years and nothing has changed. Stop it.Leother capable people comein and do the job

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