The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) says the upgrading of its national control centre where it manages system operations will make the power supplier more efficient in rationing of power supply in the country.
Escom chief executive officer Evelyn Mwapasa said this on Monday when Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Massi toured Escom Powerhouse at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre as part of his familiarisation tour.
She said once the upgrading is completed, Escom will be able to monitor faults, equipment and grid so that when a line has fallen, for instance it is instantly isolated to save lives and property.
Commenting on plans to have diesel generators as part of alternatives to meet electricity demand, Mwapasa said: “This is still under procurement process as you know we get them internationally. It was an international bid so the processes are still going on.
“There are a lot of stakeholders that need to be consulted as this will be happening for the first time in the country. So, there are a lot of discussions that are going on and we are hoping that in two months’ time or so, this thing might take shape.”
In his remarks after touring the powerhouse, Massi said he was impressed that Escom is showing dedication to accomplish all their projects in serving their customers better.
“There are a lot of things that needs to be done and I am impressed that Escom is forging ahead with the implementation of their various projects and as a ministry we are going to support them in all their endeavours,” he said.