LILONGWE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) –President Peter Mutharika has said he is aware of the power outages which have increased but said Malawians are in the last days of experiencing electricity power interruptions as his government is working on a number of modalities of dealing away with the problem.
Mutharika explained that Escom was unable to generate 90 megawatts (MW) due to low water levels.
He said as a long term measure to improve power generation, the Kammwamba Coal Fired Power Plant and increased investment in the solar power sector would solve the problems.
Speaking during a presser c at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Mutharika said Government with support from China will soon start construction of Kamwamba Coal Fired Power Generation Station which will produce a total of 300 megawatts thereby complimenting to the 300 watts currently being generated.
Apart from the coal fired station, President Mutharika said his recent trip to Malta, United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa enabled him to discuss with potential investors in the energy sector and that many of those he met expressed interest to come in the country and invest.
The President also said many British companies are coming to the country to invest in the energy sector.
“I had a fruitful discussion with investors and a lot of whom I met in London and at the China African summit in Johannesburg South Africa were interested in investing in solar energy.
“As a country we have so much relied on hydro power and we ought to change this by introducing other forms of energy. I am aware that solar power is cheap as it does not require transmission lines and other things,” the President said citing Tanzania and Kenya as the best examples where solar energy is heavily being explored.
Mutharika however explained that the only challenge Escom was faced with was the water levels that went down so much that it was difficult to generate enough electricity.
“We hope that when the rain comes, the situation will be different,” the President said.