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Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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Company Track: "PCL ponders on generating, exporting power"

Dual-listed conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PLC) has outlined plans to generate about 12 megawatts (MW) at its two subsidiary ethanol-producing plants.

PCL owns PressCane which has an ethanol plant at Nchalo in Chikwawa. The plant is expected ro produce 7MW and Ethanol Company (EthCo) in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota envisaged to produce 5MW.


"Escom in system upgrade to enhance efficiency"

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has migrated to a new management information system (MIS) to enhance efficiency by consolidating all work and systems to produce desired output.

The project, which started in 2014 as part of reforms at Escom, is a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)-funded project through Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-M).

"Egenco completes MZ gensets project"

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has commissioned the final genset at Luwinga in Mzuzu, completing the six megawatts (MW) to be contributed to the national grid.

There are three gensets at the site, each contributing two MW. The first was commissioned on December 31 2017, the second last Friday, and the third on Monday.

In an interview yesterday, Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya said the gensets will be switched on from Monday to Friday for four hours each day.

"Escom busts illegal connections"

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) yesterday disconnected power to 24 households in Lilongwe after finding tenants in alleged illegal electricity connections.

‘Dubai’ Flats in Area 2 Township, housing 18 households, was one of the structures caught out with the illegal connections, which had two Escom power sources.

This arrangement ensured the tenants were virtually enjoying 24-hour power all-day long—even at the peak of the recent prolonged national blackouts that lasted up to 25 hours as they were connected to the Kamuzu Central Hospital line.

"Egenco U-turns on airlifting gensets"

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has said it will no longer airlift generators from China as communicated earlier because using that mode of transport is  as good as paying half the price for purchasing the gensets.

Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya says the company has since resorted to shipping the gensets, whose supplier is based in India.

Airlifting was meant to speed up the process of generating power from diesel-powered generators. Only three generators, with a total of six megawatts (MW) have been installed at Luwinga in Mzuzu.

"Mw-Moz power interconnector advancing"

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has said the 400 kilovolts Malawi–Mozambique power interconnector is advancing as it has now reached a stage of identifying a contractor.
This was said on the sidelines of the arrival of 28 trucks carrying diesel power generators to be installed in Blantyre.
Escom Board chairperson, Perks Ligoya, said much as the corporation understand that generating power from diesel generators is expensive, the parastatal is still advancing on the Malawi – Mozambique power interconnector.

"Industry spits fire on blackouts"

The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has expressed anger over persistent power outages that rocked the country in 2017, saying their repercussions to the industry reached unprecedented levels.
According to MCCCI’s Impact of Electricity on Businesses Survey, whose results were released on Wednesday, businesses, especially those in manufacturing, spent about K1.2 billion in alternative power, as compared to K470. 6 million which they could have spent on Escom power, just to keep production going.