Mutharika assures steady electricity in Malawi by May: Commission Escom gensets to boost power supply

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has assured Malawians that the country would soon start enjoying blackout – free situations due to proper measures government is implementing towards improving the energy sector.

President Peter Mutharika commissioned 55 megawatts diesel generators at ESCOM Power station in Blantyre

President Mutharika was speaking on Wednesday when he commissioned 55 Megawatts Power Supply Generators at Chichiri Power Station in Blantyre.

He said blackouts would be history come May 2018 because of installation more generators on top of the current diesel-powered generators the Energy Generation Company (Egenco) is installing.

About 300 megawatts power generators would be installed by mid next year and 1400 others the next two to three years, according to the Malawi leader.

“The current 120 emergency power supply generators installed in Blantyre and others yet to be installed in Lilongwe and Kasungu will ease and eradicate the country’s economic stagnancy.

“This measure will reduce blackouts and help improve the operations of sectors like mining and agriculture sectors,” Mutharika said.

The President added that government was also working hard to bring more foreign direct investors in the energy sector to bolster efforts in economic growth.

He cited the coming in of Aggreko as one of the foreign companies investing which is working together with the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) and Egenco.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi said Malawi disclosed that his Ministry is also working towards cross border power connectivity and engagement of independent power producers as another way of improving power generation and supply.

“Government has prioritised the energy sector as a catalyst for acceleration of socio-economic growth. We want Malawi to reach a point of selling electricity to other countries in the region as well as buying from these countries if the need arises,” Masi said.

ESCOM board chairperson Dr Perks Ligoya said fluctuations of water levels in Lake Malawi and Shire River will no longer result in prolonged blackouts with the installation of these generators.

“The generators will be operating six hours daily hence reducing the hours of blackouts from 24 hours to nine hours. When more generators come, we will have power throughout the year,” Ligoya said

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Raymond longwe
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Raymond longwe

Toad administration sucks….. Kkkkk!!!!!!! Alibe problem pajatu.

Becks
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Becks

The launch of the diesel-powered generator as a source of electric power is not a moment of joy for our country. It ought not to be celebrated, for it is a source of colossal shame. It is a symbol of our downward spiral. That the entire president found it worth his intellectual register to commission the thing speaks volumes about the vision he has for the country. Diesel-run generators were used in Malawi back in the 1960s. The fact that we have gone back to 50 years ago should leave us in no doubt about the direction this country is… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

Bwana tiganizileni kuno Ku Nambuma Campus ndi mphavu yamagetsi imeneyo chonde chonde!! Pali chipatala chachikulu choti panopa amanga theatre, new and big maternity wing, ma ward plus nyumba koma magetsi palibe, anthu amatha kufa mjira popita Ku Central chifukwa amafunika kuonjezeredwa mphweya coz the solar available is not reliable!! Pali Secondary and two primary xools for boys and girls and some prominent people in our society anaphunzira pa Nambuma girls boarding primary xool but up to now no electricity!! Pali Parish ndiso trading centre and I feel this is enough to have electricity if we put our priorities straight!! We… Read more »

Kunena Mosapsyatila
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Kunena Mosapsyatila

Very unfortunate and blind plan. Malawians have already started paying for the generators with the 25% electricity tariffs. Malawi under these thieves is a failed state.

MALAWI IS A USELESS STATE AT 53.

Njiba
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Njiba

I’m surprised nobody is talking about pollution … these gen sets will smog up Malawi … no leadership koma busy ine. Professor mfwe mfwe mfwe … Stupid!!!

wakiki
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wakiki

Mr president what about when there will be shortage of diesel like it happen few years ago. Kodi ma generator awa adzayendera mikozo, what about repairing it how much will cost ife a malawi, is your plan a two years plan or 50 years plan. Mwina mukugula zimenezi poti inuyo mudzakhala mutapita so you dont care about the future you are looking just for now

peter george
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peter george

Mutharika atathakuba ku achimanga nzake Chaponda akuvutika ku ma court lero Mutharika wayamba kuba ku ma generator kudzela ku ESCOM God is watching this thief 2019 tikubudulani this Generatorgate will come out we know who is involved

bwampini
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bwampini

ESCOM board and The President are headless chicken

Chaponda
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Chaponda

Kuonjezera pakuba ndalama zogulira Ma generator pano muziba zamafuta tsiku lililonse kuba kosatha mpaka tidzatenge boma.

MXIIIII!!!!!
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MXIIIII!!!!!

Ngati pali anthu ogona dziko lonse la pansi nde ndife a Malawi – we shall be taken for a ride mpaka kumapeto!!! – Nyimbo ya magesi yabowa tsapano!!! – eish !!!! poyamba mumanamizila water level – Yehova watipasa Mvula yambiri kudzazitsa nyanja pano mukuti ayi koma ma generator!! hmmm- kumbaliku mukusolola ndalama muli pheee kutisiya mu n’dima wa phweee!! Mxiii stupid !!!!!- Ana a njoka-!! munkati by end of November 2017 tikhala ndimagesi Kenako inali end of December 2017 kenako Early January 2018 kenako Mid February 2018 pano muziti April 2018 kenako mpanda mano wina aziti May2018 si chaka ndekuti… Read more »

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