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The first consignment of the 36 Megawatts of the diesel generators has arrived in the country. The 6 megawatts generators arrived in Mzuzu on 9 November, 2017.
Speaking when he received the generators in Mzuzu, Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Honorable Aggrey Masi MP, said with the arrival of the generators the electricity blackouts will now begin to be reduced.
“With the arrival of these generators here in Mzuzu as promised by the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, we should be able to start reducing the blackouts that have rocked our country”, said the minister.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer for the Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) William Liabunya said EGENCO will install the arrived 6 megawatt in Mzuzu and 10 megawatts more Lilongwe and a further 20 megawatt in Mapanga Blantyre.
EGENCO is currently buying the diesel generators as a short term solution to the power shortages that the country is experiencing due to the reduced water levels in the Lake Malawi and consequent flow reduction of the Shire River where EGENCO’s power plants are located.
In the long-term, EGENCO is currently implementing projects to rehabilitating its power stations and commission other new stations such as Mpatamanga, Lower Fufu and a 100 megawatt coal plant among other projects to completely end the power shortages in the country.