Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has said it is experiencing reduced water levels in 10 years, a situation which has resulted in increased load shedding particularly during peak hours.
Kapichira Hydro Power Station senior power station manager William Liabunya said the sole power supplier is managing the situation by controlling the flow of water at Kamuzu Barrage, Nkula and Tedzani to reduce the possibility of prolonged and persistent power blackouts.
He said this on July 6 on the sidelines of Kapichira Open Day in Chikwawa.
Liabunya said at the moment, Escom is generating 351 megawatts (MW) of electricity which is being sustained by the 10MW diesel-powered plant installed in Lilongwe.
Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) annual business climate surveys have rated electricity outages as one of the major obstacles to doing business in Malawi.
Meanwhile, Escom employees at Kapichira have been urged to work hard and promote team work as one way of ensuring that the station remains a star performer.
Liabunya said open day activities enhance teamwork and a health working relationship among employees, which is an important ingredient for the company’s success.
He said in future, Escom plans to hold inter-power station events for Nkula in Blantyre, Tedzani in Neno and Wovwe in Karonga as one way of encouraging a healthy working relationship and team work among Escom employees who are living in isolated areas.
One of Escom workers, Mary Phiri, said such open days have helped them to refresh from work hassles as well as create new friendships.