Malawians to brace for more power outages – Escom

As the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi embarks on the revamping and upgrading of one of its plants which has outlived its lifespan at Nkula Hydro Electric Power Station, Malawians should brace for more power outages besides the normal power rationing.

Said Kitty Chingota, ESCOM’sspokeswoman; “The revamping and upgrading exercise of Nkula will directly affect our consumers in one way or the other. They should bear with us that for the next three months or so, they should expect longer black outs countrywide beside the daily power rationing schedules as a way of improving our service delivery.”

Currently the Corporation supplies 286 megawatts of electricity countrywide which is 100 megawatts less than what is required to cater for both domestic and industrial purposes throughout the country.

Chingota: More black out

“It is hoped that the installation and upgrading works will be further conveyed to the general masses and our valued domestic and industrial consumers through the media so that they are fully aware of what is taking place,” said Chingota.

Chingota said in this regard ESCOM has invited media houses to cover all technical proceedings and developments taking place at Nkula on a tour scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 as the corporation looks forward to improving its service delivery.

Meanwhile, the minister of energy and mining Cassim Chilumpha discloed Gezhouba Group Corp plans to build a $500 million, 1,000 megawatts thermal plant in Malawi which will help abate the frequent power shortages.

Chilumpha said construction of the power plant is expected to cost around $500 million and is scheduled to start next year and will be completed between 2014 and 2015.

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