Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi, has said the imported diesel generators due to arrive by December (2017) are expected to reduce the frequent blackouts the country is currently facing.
Speaking in an interview at Parliament, Missi said though it has taken a long time for the generators to reach the country, Malawians should be assured that the power outages would be reduced by December.
“The diesel generators will generate 36 megawatts of electricity and will be planted in different areas in the country. In Mzuzu there will be a 6 MW plant, 10 MW in Lilongwe and 20 MW in Blantyre,” said Masi.
He, however, pointed out that the diesel generators are so expensive and consume a lot of diesel to the extent that they will only be used for a short period of time.
“We know that our electricity here in Malawi depends on rains, so when our lake and shire river fill up, this crisis with completely end. So when rain comes we will be using our usual electricity,” he added.
Masi also disclosed that government has plans to import electricity from Mozambique.
He said government was working with the Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA) with funding from the United States Government, to construct substations at Khombeya, Nkhoma and Bunda turn off for easy transmission of electricity.
“We will also have a Southern African Power Pool which will help us to transmit electricity from Mozambique and sell it to surrounding countries,” Masi explained.