Escom Warning: Malawians Should Brace For Blackouts

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has warned Malawians to brace for more hours without electricity in days and months to come following a drop in water levels in Lake Malawi.

In a press statement issued on Monday, the utility service provider attributed the current blackouts to low water levels in the Lake Malawi, saying the levels started dropping in March this year, resulting in reduced generation capacity.

Escom said it is currently effecting load shedding until the water situation improves, which is apparently in rain season.

Escom said power generation is being restricted due to the low water levels in Lake Malawi and the resultant regulated water flows in Shire River where Escom taps its water for hydro power generation.

And Escom does not indicate when the country should expect normal electricity supply to be restored, simply indicating that “it is doing everything in its capacity to ensure that the available energy is fairly distributed cognizant of essential services.”

But Escom says all its hydro power units are available for generation in all its power stations indicating that strict operational measures have been instituted to ensure that there are adequate volumes of water required to run the machines to full capacity.

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