It has become easy, in the wake of incessant power outages, to blame the Electricity supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and its twin sister Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) for everything thats goes wrong in this country.
Last week, we took you through the need and strengthen its power transmission network. It is clear that currently, as a nation, we cannot talk about increasing generation when our transmission network is weak. it is also important to note that ESCOM cannot connect more customers to the national grid partly because of the weak distribution network, which includes substations and transmission and distribution line.
Prevailing and prolonged power outages in the country are negatively impacting on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have expressed concern that their businesses are almost dying.
Currently, the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)—that sells power to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)—is only generating 160 megawatts (MW) of electricity against the average demand of 300MW, due to low water levels in the Shire River, which harbours 90 percent of Egenco’s hydro-electric power plants.
CIVIL Society Organisations yesterday gave Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) officials until January to address problems of power outages being experienced in the country. The warning comes after the power utility firms revealed that, this month, power outages will go for over 25 hours, as generation capacity dwindles. [...]
Friday, October 27 2017. As early as 08:30am, Members of Parliament (MP) from Zomba District trek to the council's chamber, angry that they see no end in sight the problem of power outages. Less than 100 kilometres away, the Shire River— the source of water for the country's utility power supplier, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) — flows freely. The river, through its water, which it taps from Lake Malawi, powers the turbines at Tedzani, Nkula A and Nkula B hydro-electric power stations on the Shire. The power generated lights homes.