Due to persistent power outages that Malawians have been experiencing over the past few months, government has procured 78 diesel-powered generators to add power to the national grid.
The 55 stand-by megawatt diesel-powered generators, supplied by Aggreko, are expected to operate six hours per day, reducing the hours of blackouts from 24 hours to nine hours.
Speaking to the Malawi News Agency, James Shepherd, managing director of Power Solution Africa, a subsidiary of Aggreko noted that the company’s core function is to design and manufacture equipment specifically for the stand-by diesel generators requirements.
Shepherd further highlighted that they work with leading innovators to ensure their equipment offers maximum fuel flexibility by using gas, diesel and renewable fuel resources. Read more...
“Our business helps to transform the livelihoods of individuals, organisations and general communities globally and that's what has made us the world's leading provider of modular, mobile power and heating equipment, operating from more than 200 locations worldwide. So Malawi made the wisest decision,” he said.
Challenges related to hydropower
Shepherd said his company recognises that hydropower has been a challenge in many countries due to erratic rains, and it is for this reason that their company manufactures energy equipment to ensure that people have electricity and spur the country's economy in the process.
Speaking during the commissioning of the generators in Blantyre, President Mutharika assured the nation that with the generators installed, the story of blackouts would be water under the bridge come May 2018.
Among the 78 generators, 35 have been installed in Blantyre, 20 will be installed in Lilongwe and 23 in Kasungu among other areas.
The Energy Generation Company is also reported plans to install other additional generators to generate 120MW of power.
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