Apr 24, 2018 Last Updated 1:45 PM, Apr 23, 2018

Egenco To Construct Dams To Ease Power Challenges

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Malawi's sole enrgy generating company EGENCO intends to tackle the challenge of low water levels by constructing dams.

The dams will be constructed from the rivers that feed into the Shire.

According to Moses Gwaza who is EGENCO's Senior Public Relations Manager,they are expected to start construction of the dams sometime next year.

Power outages continue to be experienced in the country and they are attributed to low water levels in Lake Malawi and the Shire River where hydro power is generated.

Commentators have time and again challenged the power generator to find a long term solution to the problem as it has not only affected households but also businesses which mainly rely on electricity for various operations. They have on numerous occasions suggested that government create room for independent power producers to do business in the country.

Apart from that they have also suggested that EGENCO find an alternative measure of generating power because its current method with is sourced from hydro power has proven to be unreliable is the past few years.

Malawi relies on electricity generated from water in the Shire River. But in recent years, it has been observed that the amount of water in the river has dropped due to several factors among them being climate change, deforestation and increase in demand for electricity by the growing population in Malawi which is currently estimated to be at over 18 million.

There is always a drastic drop in water level in the Shire River during the dry season every year which has had negative impacts on various sectors.

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