The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced that its residential and some industrial customers will have no power supply for a maximum of 14 hours on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2022 countrywide.
In a statement released on Wednesday, ESCOM says the prolonged load shedding will occur on both days due to a further reduction in power supply by 100 Megawatts (MW) on Saturday and 135MW on Sunday.
“During this period, the major supplier of ESCOM, Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO), will be carrying out emergency maintenance works on Nkula B intake structures which will necessitate shutting down of Nkula B Power Station on Saturday 30th July 2022 and both Nkula B and Nkula A Power stations on Sunday, 31st July 2022,” the statement reads.
“Consequently, 176MW will be available on Saturday and 140MW on Sunday for ESCOM to supply essential services comprising referral hospitals and water pumping stations, among others.”
ESCOM has since advised its customers to switch off all electrical appliances during the time of their power outage as power supply may be restored earlier than the stated times on the revised load shedding schedule.
The Corporation has since revised the load shedding programme for Saturday and Sunday in view of the latest developments at Nkula. The revised schedule can be accessed on ESCOM social media platforms such as tweeter, the Facebook and the website.
Malawi has been experiencing a power supply deficit due to the damage on generation plants at Kapichira caused by Cyclone Ana in January this year that resulted in the loss of 129MW
Presently, solar power supply fluctuations caused by adverse weather conditions such as cloud cover are contributing to further intermittent power supply to some feeders.
Projected electricity demand for Malawi for this year, 2022, is estimated at 618MW.
Installed capacity is 528MW (hydro plus solar) against available capacity of 355MW and operating capacity of 285MW.
This is against a customer base of 553,639 comprising industrial, domestic, and general clients.
The corporation has since lined up several projects to improve access to electricity and general service delivery.
The mandate of ESCOM is transmission, system and market operator and distribution of electricity.
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