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Power outages reduced to two hours a day

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The completion of rehabilitation works at Nkula A, rehabilitation of Lilongwe A and Kanengo diesel generators have helped the country reduce its load shedding schedule to almost two hours per day.

One of the power plants in the country One of the power plants in the country

According to a joint press statement released by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi - ESCOM and Electricity Generation Company - EGENCO, the power grid has also been boosted with the recent Chipata-Mchinji 33kV 20 Megawatts cross border connection that Malawi has signed with Zambia.

It has been noted that load shedding within weekdays has reduced drastically with an average of two hours of load shedding during the past weekend apart from areas that have planned outages for maintenance and faults clearing.

“We wish to assure the nation that we shall continue to implement various projects that we have lined up in our road map in order to deal with the menace of power shortages,” reads part of the statement.

Commenting on the status quo, Public Relations Officer for ESCOM Innocent Chitosi said there is an expectation that this improvement will be there for a long time based on the integrations that have been put in place.

“The rehabilitation that has taken place and acquiring of diesel generators have boosted the power grid, and the rainy season has also helped increase electricity generation therefore we should have short periods of blackouts,” said Chitosi.


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