By Our Reporter
Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola has said government wishes to invest in electricity energy generation beyond hydropower, in line with the Malawi 2063.
He was speaking in Lilongwe on Tuesday at the opening of the Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) Strategic Plan Review- Stakeholders Workshop at Sunbird Capital Hotel.
Matola said it the government’s wish to see alternative sources of energy such as solar, coal and thermal being tapped and used in a sustainable manner that minimises environmental degradation.
“it is my Ministry`s responsibility and desire to completely mitigate any potential shortages in electricity power generation that leads to frequent power outages and results in reduced investments in the growth of mining and industrial sectors” he said.
The Minister pledged government support to ensure that EGENCO` produces not just enough electricity but reliable, diversified and affordable power for the people.
EGENCO Chief Executive Officer, William Liabunya said the electricity power generation company is geared to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the country by undertaking a number of initiatives using locally generated resources.
He said so far the company had made a number of achievements which includes the rehabilitation and modernization of the Tedzani III Power Station, as well as increasing of generation capacities of some existing hydro power plants in the country.
Liabunya said the company has concluded feasibility studies for Wovwe Hydropower plant in the northern region which would undergo expansion, as well as undertaking a feasibility study for Kamwamba coal fired power plant.
“We have concluded a feasibility study for Salima solar and we will now go into implementation” he said.