The Mzuzu City Council (MCC) roads construction and rehabilitation project underway in the city’s townships has faced hitches due to the delay by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to shift its infrastructure along the affected roads.
MCC Director of Planning, Fraser Bondwe, said over the weekend the utility body has not been forthcoming on the matter despite being given a K6 million compensation three months ago.
Disagreements over power purchase agreement (PPA) between an Independent Power Producer (IPP) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has stalled plans to establish a 100 megawatts (MW) kinetic energy project.
This is despite the convener of the project worth 240 million euros (about K270 billion), Mkaka Construction Company, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining for the project to take off.
Malawians should brace for more blackouts until December 31, the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) disclosed on Wednesday, saying the generation capacity will not improve if rains do not come on time.
This is bad news to businesses whose profits will potentially be slashed and for families whose lifestyles have been badly affected.
This month, blackouts have been worse due to low levels of water in the Shire River.
People have taken to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the current status of electricity supply in the country.
For the past few years, the country has been grappling with its worst electricity crisis in history and the Electricity Generation Company of Malawi (Egenco) has attributed the situation to declining water levels in Lake Malawi and subsequent low water flows in the Shire River where the company taps water for hydroelectric power generation.
"The increase is inevitable because the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) needs financing to hire 78 megawatts diesel generators - from the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) - for the purpose of cushioning the effects of power outages".
EVERLASTING blackouts will come to end by 2020/2032, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) reportedly semi-annual review forum of the Millenium Challenge Account - Malawi. Escom announced a battery of plans to increase power generation from the current 260 megawatts to 1,538 megawatts. This would have been great news, only if it was easy to believe Escom on their promises. When people have lived with a problem for such a long time as Malawians have persevered persistent blackouts, it takes a lot to convince them.
Differences between Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over cost-reflective tariff have delayed the roll out of the scheme with barely a year to the end of the $350 million (K242 billion) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) energy compact.
United States of America (USA) Ambassador Virginia Palmer, whose government is financing the compact through MCC, has since expressed concern over the delayed resolution of the issue.