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"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.

"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.

"Mzuzu gensets installation to be completed January"

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has said it is expected to complete installation of its diesel power generators in Mzuzu City in the first week of January, 2018.
The 18 MW generators arrived in the country in November this year as a short-term measure to address the persistent power outages being experienced in the country.
Egenco Publicist, Moses Gwaza said the installation of the Mzuzu generators is being done in sets, adding that the first set of 6 MW was expected to be completed by end of December.

"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.

"Horrors of prolonged blackouts"

Long queues in the dark. Lengthy waits for on-off flickers of hope. No time to doze off.

Sleepless nights bring to light the suffering Malawians are enduring as they line up all night-long for a turn in maize mills that go all day without power.

As lengthy and frequent blackouts dim the country’s fragile economy, The Nation has established that some rural dwellers are spending nights waiting for electricity at the grinding mills.

"UN report highlights need to invest in energy"

The 2017 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Least Developed Countries (LDCs) report says poor countries, including Malawi, need a 350 percent increase yearly to achieve the global goal of universal access to energy by 2030.

The reported, launched yesterday, shows that access to energy plays a major role in the economic transformation of any country and Malawi is no exception.

"Opposition question gensets deal"

Opposition members of Parliament (MPs) have described the procurement of generators to ease power shortages in the country as an avenue for some unscrupulous individuals to cash in on the prevailing crisis.

Putting across a question of national importance, Kasungu Central MP Amon Nkhata (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) drew the attention of the House to contents of an unsigned  letter from purported employees of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) which is circulating on social media.

"Egenco distributes cook stoves in Machinga"

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has distributed 3 000 environmentally friendly cook stoves to people in Machinga District to help conserve the environment.

In an interview, Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya said energy saver cook stoves are significant in rejuvenating the country’s degraded environment.

The cook stoves, worth K3 million, were distributed in conjunction with the United Purpose (UP).

The stoves were distributed in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitolo in the district.

"Blackouts cost Mzimba hospital K1.5m per month"

Mzimba District Hospital is spending almost K1.5 million a month on fuel for standby generators to mitigate life-threatening impacts of constant power disruptions.

In an interview, Mzimba South district health officer Lumbani Munthali said the power blackouts have worsened the hospital’s financial problems.

He appealed to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to spare hospitals from the ongoing outages, which have seen some locations going 24 hours without power.

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