BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)— Despite the persistent blackouts experienced in 2016, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka has rated himself highly, saying in 2016 his ministry performed remarkably and deserves 100 percent.
Msaka’s remarks can be described as a mockery to Malawians considering that 2016 was a very waste year in terms of electricity as they were subjected to persistent blackouts which led to closure of many businesses.
Speaking on MBC tv, monitored by Maravi Post, Msaka said the ministry initiated different projects in 2016 aimed at dealing with the blackouts and Malawians should expect a change in the years to come.
“I can say my ministry deserves 10/10. In 2016 we initiated different projects aimed at dealing with the blackouts once and for all. The persistent blackouts were due to the water level in the lake Malawi and we thought it wise to initiate other alternatives to complement the hydroelectric power,” said Msaka.
He added “Kamwamba coal fired power plant which is expected to be in operational by 2018 will also lessen the blackout problem. And we have also plans to have a solar power plant which will be producing 70 mega wats.”
The coal fired power plant will use about 400,000 tonnes of coal annually from Moatize in Mozambique. The coal will be transported by rail constructed by Vale.
In April 2015 it was reported that construction would begin once the US$600 million from the China Exim Bank is approved.
Msaka also hinted that Electricity Supply Cooperation of Malawi (ESCOM) is importing 1000 000 energy saver bulbs which will be distributed freely.