DARK AGE CONTINUES

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Powerless alternative, ESCOM diesel generators provide no hope.

ELECTRICITY consumers in Malawi will continue to be subjected to a daily life of prolonged power cuts for the next four years.

National energy supplier, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Escom, conceded that it will continue failing to supply electrical energy constantly.

In a statement,the tax payers funded company, explained  that power challenge is likely to be history by 2022.

Escom claims that in four years’ time Malawi will have completed its Power Interconnection with Mozambique.

An immediate solution that the statutory corporation has put in place to alleviate the power cuts, is to purchase 20Megawatts, MW, from Zambia which expected to start in three months’ time.

The supplier also says that, in the meantime, it’s partnering with Independent Power Producers to add 40MW to the national grid.

Escom has made mention of three long term projects but has fallen short of stating when they will be operational.

These power generation projects are a 200MW gas power plant, Mpatamanga Hydro power scheme estimated to supply 300MW to the national grid and 90MW from Songwe bilateral project.

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