ESCOM would like to inform its valued customers that the Emergency Power diesel generator sets from both Aggreko and Egenco are for use during peak periods when the demand of power exceedingly surpasses its supply. As such, the diesel power plants operate only for a limited number of hours per day during peak hours.
Escom further informs its valued customers and all its stakeholders that there have been supply chain challenges both with the diesel power generators and the hydro power generating plants from which ESCOM buys electricity for onward distribution and selling to its valued customers.
Due to such challenges, electricity supply has at certain times failed to satisfy minimum demand thereby prolonging the load shedding hours. The situation has been worsened by the increasing demand for electricity due to the onset of the cold season and the oncoming of the tobacco processing season.
ESCOM is notifying its customers that it has been assured by the electricity generating entities that everything possible is being done to normalise the situation.
Processes are also being fast tracked to realise additional power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in order to meet the ever increasing demand for electricity. In the immediate term, there will be additional 53MW from diesel generator power plants by the end of June this year. ESCOM will also start buying 20MW from Zambia through Chipata to Mchinji at distribution level by the end of August 2018. Further to that, 40MW from a solar power generating IPP shall be added to the grid by the end of January 2019. Over a total of 70MW from solar power generation shall be added to the grid by the end of 2019.
By 2021 and 2022, the country shall have an addition of over 750MW into the power system from coal power generation and the Power Interconnection with Mozambique amongst other projects. The Interconnection itself has a capacity of 2,400 MW.
Some other planned projects include 200MW power supply using gas power generation, 300MW from Mpatamanga Hydro power generation scheme, and 90MW from Songwe bilateral project.
ESCOM sincerely apologises to its valuable customers for the inconvenience caused and appreciates your understanding and patience.