It’s Perfect Time to Invest in Energy Sector, Mutharika Tips Investors

Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has said his administration is ready to accommodate serious investment in the energy sector to meet the existing electricity demand. Mutharika made the remarks on Wednesday during the official handover and commissioning of upgraded Nkula A. Hydropower Plant in Neno District. Mutharika said for over 50 years, Malawi has not seriously invested in the energy sector to increase generation capacity and meet the people’s demand for electricity. He said it was for this…

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Ndawala Electrification Programme to Benefit Poor Class

Government says the newly introduced ‘Ndawala’ initiative under the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) would enhance and increase the number of people getting connected to the electricity grid in the rural areas. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi disclosed this Saturday at Mankhamba ground in Thyolo when he switched on Mankhamba power line, which will supply energy to villages and trading centres in the area of Traditional Authority   (TA) Thomasi in the district. “Ndawala will assist…

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Stable Power Supply to Spur Malawi’s Economic Growth

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Patrick Matanda, has said improved infrastructure in the energy sector will provide stable power supply, thereby enhancing the country’s economic growth. Matanda was speaking Thursday at Mzuzu Hotel after Government of the United States of America (USA) handed over Bwengu, Luwinga, Sonda and Chintheche power sub-stations to Malawi Government. He said the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact of USA through Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Malawi has seen…

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ESCOM Bemoans Reduced Applied Basic Tariff Increase

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) says Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA)’s approval of 31.8 per cent increase in base tariff has impacted them negatively. ESCOM Executive Director, Allexon Chiwaya, said this on Tuesday in Blantyre during a press briefing that they had applied for a 60 per cent increase to cater for major projects like the Mozambique-Malawi Interconnector that has had its investment costs deducted while the upgrading of Nanjoka Substation in Salima and the Eastern Transmission backbone…

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NRB Down Scales Operations

National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said it is only using two of its 10 printers to produce National Identity cards (IDs) for the whole country because of electricity connectivity hitches at their office in Lilongwe. Since they stopped printing IDs abroad, NRB procured 10 printers to conduct this purpose locally. NRB Spokesperson Norman Fulatira told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre on Friday that it is presently not possible to run all the printers considering the electricity connectivity to…

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‘Inefficiency’ Worries New ESCOM Management

New management for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has challenged its employees that ‘inefficiencies’ in service delivery shall no longer be tolerated as the demand for energy continues to rise each passing day in the country. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Sunday, ESCOM’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Alexon Chiwaya said the parastatal aims at complementing current on-going strides to lessen or eradicate the long standing load shedding schedules and blackouts nationwide. “It…

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Minister of Energy Defends MAREP 8

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi, has told journalists that Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) phase 8 is an important program despite the continued challenges in energy generation. The minister spoke to journalists after officially commissioning MAREP 8 at Chinguluwe Primary School in Salima during the week-end. He explained that MAREP was more concerned with distribution of electricity to rural areas, so it is necessary to continue while challenges in electricity generation are being addressed. Masi…

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Govt Extends Malawi Rural Electrification Programme

Government has disclosed that it will extend the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) Phase 8 program from June to December 2018 to allow for the electrification of areas that have since not benefited from the initiative. Marep Phase 8 is scheduled to wind up its activities on 31st May, 2018 after successfully lighting up 336 sites. Speaking Saturday when he switched on Marep 8 Chinguluwe Power Line at Chinguluwe Primary School ground in Senior Chief Kalonga’s area in Salima,…

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‘Blackout’ Era to End Soon

Government has embarked on short, medium and long term measures to improve power situation in the country in order to address frequent blackouts being experienced in the country. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining  Aggrey Masi disclosed this on Saturday during the switching on of Michiru Power Line in Blantyre courtesy of Malawi Rural Electrification Programme phase eight. He cited construction of power plants, generation of power from solar sites and cross border power connection as some of…

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MCA Malawi Applauds ESCOM

In its quest to address constraints facing the country’s power sector, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Malawi says there is effective corporate governance within Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom) and other power supply partners in Malawi. This was disclosed on Thursday in Lilongwe at a dissemination workshop where the evaluator recruited by MCA Malawi presented results after assessing the performance for the power sector reform project under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Infrastructure Development and Power Sector Reform projects…

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