The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has secured generators (gensets) that are expected to add 78MW to the country’s national power grid by the end of January.

This move is also expected will ease extended load shedding hours that Malawians have been experiencing, Nyasa Times reported.

ESCOM board chairperson Perks Ligoya said the arrival of the gensets would contribute to the improvement of power supply by reducing blackouts, thereby improving the country’s economy. Read more…

“All stakeholders and valued consumers shall definitely be communicated on the time frame, but the truth of the matter is that the installation will commence anytime soon so that the stand-by power mitigating measure serves its intended purpose,” Ligoya stated.

The Nyasa Times cited ESCOM officials, stating that out of the total 78MW, 35MW will be installed at Chichiri in Blantyre, 23MW at Chinyama in Kasungu and the remaining 20MW will be installed at Kanengo in Lilongwe.

Delayed installations of gensets

It is reported that in December 2016, ESCOM’s evaluation committee recommended that lots one and two in Mapanga and Kanengo be awarded to APR energy with evaluated prices of $34.6 million and $24.9 million while lot three at Chinyama in Kasungu was recommended for award to Aggreko International Projects at $18.9 million.

However, when the bids’ evaluation team presented its report to the internal procurement committee (IPC), the recommendations were not upheld.


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