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Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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"Power outages cost milk producers K87M per month"

The country’s 79 milk bulking groups are losing an average K87 million in potential revenue due to wastages caused by prolonged electricity blackouts which started hitting the country in June.

But the potential loss could be more taking into account the number of players along the milk value chain, according to the Malawi Milk Producers Association (MMPA).

Already, some of the milk bulking groups and milk producers have laid off workers as most of them are just staying idle.

"Nation in Darkness"

The mismatch between electricity supply and demand is well documented but, perhaps, the year 2017 is when the situation escalated into a major crisis, the type for which a state of emergency would apply.
Earlier in January, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) dropped a shocker informing the nation that it was operating at half capacity, producing, on average, 150 megawatts (MW) of its total installed capacity pegged at 351MW.
This was before Escom was successfully unbundled creating two companies, one responsible for power generation and the other distribution.

"Escom sees load shedding easing"

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has described the increase in power generation from 147 megawatts (MW) to 200MW as a positive development for its customers as load shedding hours will be reduced.

In an interview yesterday, Escom acting public relations manager George Mituka said that on their part, they rely on the amount generated by their sister company, Electricity Generation Company (Egenco).

He said: "Obviously that increase will trickle down to our customers by the same magnitude. More water will mean less load shedding for our customers.

"Electricity generation improves to 200MW"

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) says power generation capacity has moved upwards from 147 megawatts (MW) to 200 MW.

In a telephone interview on Tusday, Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya attributed the improvement to the rains that the country is experiencing, most notably in the Southern Region.

But despite the improvement, Liabunya said the status quo may not be sustainable unless the country gets a heavy downpour.

"Power outages: An opportunity for insurers"

Perhaps one of the most pressing challenges facing the Malawian economy in 2016 and beyond is maintaining the structural integrity of is generation network.  

The power system has come under severe strain due to maintenance backlogs and a to bring new generating capacity timeously online to match and social development. This has led to electricity demand at times outstripping supply.


"Arts react to electricity woes"

Some Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed firms expect their profits for the period ending December 31 2017 to be higher than the previous corresponding period.

In published trading statements yesterday, hotel chain Sunbird Tourism Plc and integrated information and communications technology and Internet service provider TNM Plc indicated that they are expecting their profits to exceed the previous corresponding period by more than 70 and 60 percent respectively.

"National blackout disrupts parliament"

Parliament failed to sit yesterday following a nationwide power outage and a fault in a backup generator that lights up the House in times of emergencies.

The power outage occurred at 13:45 hours, just 15 minutes before the start of the Wednesday sitting, which is conducted in the afternoon only.

As early as 2.10pm, some members of Parliament (MPs) started driving away from the Parliament Building while others loitered outside the chamber chatting and taking telephone calls.

"Malawi steps up gear to import power"

Malawi is set to finalise paperwork with potential financiers to facilitate purchase of power through interconnection with Mozambique and Zambia national grids in a bid to ease prolonged electricity supply that threatens to ground the economy to a standstill.

European Union (EU) head of delegation Marchel Gerrmann and Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe separately indicated yesterday the financing agreement for the deal will be finalised early next year.