ESCOM’s Distribution Department personnel drilled in Aerial Bundled Conductor technology

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Distribution Department personnel are undergoing training in installation of new line technology called Aerial Bundled Conductor (ABC)

ESCOM’s Distribution Department personnel drilled in Aerial Bundled Conductor technology

By Peter Kanjere

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Distribution Department personnel are undergoing training in installation of new line technology called Aerial Bundled Conductor (ABC) at Mpemba Training Centre in Blantyre.

Experts from Global Intelligent Training Solutions of South Africa are conducting the training, which has attracted the department’s personnel starting from Regional managers down to Linepersons.

ESCOM Director of Distribution and Customer Services Mr Youngie Chewele said about 80 Distribution personnel from all regions are expected to undergo this training, which started on April 25 2022.

He said the trainees will be awarded internationally recognised certificates upon completion of the training on May 13 2022
Chewele said the ABC technology would go a long way in improving operations of ESCOM.
“ABC is a type of insulated wires that have many advantages over the normal bare wires and underground cables being used today,” Chewele said.
“It is easy to install, provides safety in densely populated areas and is not affected by vegetation and weather extremes. It costs 20 times less to install this than underground cables.”

He added: “It is also less prone to vandalism compared to bare and underground cables. This is the way ESCOM is now going to construct its lines in high-density areas and where vegetation cover is high. ESCOM cares for its staff, public safety and for the environment.”

The trainees are undergoing training in practicals and theory and they have been split into three groups.

The training is in line with ESCOM’s endeavour to empower its members of staff with knowledge in modern technology as one way of improving efficiency in service delivery.

Distribution is one of the key functions of ESCOM alongside that of Transmission and System Market Operator.

Distribution dept training

Distribution dept training

Escom employee during training

Escom employee during training