The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) will from the end of September 2018 start importing 20 Megawatts (MW) from neighbouring Zambia to help reduce the impact of load shedding.
This was disclosed on 9th August 2018 by Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Honourable Aggrey Masi on arrival from Zambia where he led a Malawi delegation that went to sign a Power Supply Agreement through Zambia Electricity Company (ZESCO) will supply ESCOM with a total of 20MW.
The Malawi delegation comprised, among others, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Honourable Henry Mussa, ESCOM Chief Executive Officer Dr. Allexon Chiwaya and officials from the Department of Energy as well as ESCOM.
The importation of the 20MW will boost Malawi’s current available capacity from 180MW to 200MW and mitigate the impact of dwindling levels of water in Lake Malawi.
According to Honourable Masi, Zambia has a generation capacity of over 2,700MW but only uses around 2,100MW as such Malawi has started negotiations to import a further 200MW from Zambia.
In his remarks, Honourable Mussa said the additional power will boost industrialisation in the country.
ESCOM and ZESCO CEOs shake hands after striking the deal.