Government has said blackouts that have rocked Malawi will soon be a thing of the past when initiatives introduced to boost power supply are completed.
According to Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi, when existing power sub-stations are rehabilitated and new ones constructed, there will be no more blackouts in Malawi.
Masi was speaking on Saturday during a visit to the construction site of 400/132kv Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi’s (ESCOM) Phombeya sub-station and 400kv overhead line sites in Balaka respectively.
The sub-station at Phombeya and another one at Nkhoma are being constructed and rehabilitated with support from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) which has pumped in USD350 million.
“I am quite impressed with the work progress at both Phombeya and Nkhoma sub-stations where at least 90 percent of the equipment has arrived in the country; meaning that the 2018 deadline will be met,” Masi said.
He added that other initiatives which government is relying on include the tapping of electricity from Mozambique and construction of Kam’mwamba coal fired plant.
Speaking during the tour, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Resident Country Coordinator Molly Glenn said the reforms at ESCOM, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority and Electricity Generation Company are quite crucial towards sustaining the investment MCC has made in the energy sector through the grant.
The MCC compact which Malawi obtained came into force in September 2013 and runs up to September 2018.
The compact also supports government to increase the capacity and stability of the national electricity grid and the efficiency and sustainability of hydropower generation to enhance future expansion opportunities and sector regulation and governance.