GE Power’s Energy Management System to Improve Electricity Access in Malawi while Fostering Economic Growth in the Region

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GE Power, an energy industry leader providing equipment, solutions and services across 180 countries across the world, has launched a game-changing Energy Management System (EMS) through its Grid Solutions business in Malawi.

The Grid Solutions business announced this week that it has completed the installation and commissioning of the EMS as well as telecommunications systems at 26 substations of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).

ESCOM is the state-owned power producing company in Malawi. It is entirely in control of transmission and distribution of electric power in the country.

The Energy Management System will provide real-time and remotely-managed information on Malawi’s electrical grid, GE said in a statement issued this week that the project will pave the way for development of Africa’s regional interconnections. The project, which covers 26 substations, will reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium-term, while fostering economic growth in the long-term.

The development, which is financed through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), will improve efficiency, reliability, security and planning of the transmission network in Malawi. The project will provide ESCOM with the tools to securely interconnect with neighboring countries, including Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania.

Speaking at a handover ceremony, Jeanne Hauch, Vice President and General Counsel for the Millennium Challenge Corporation said, the work accomplished through the MCC Malawi agreement has created the foundation for a modern power system in Malawi.

“The experience and expertise of partners such as GE are critical to the success of a compact. GE’s technology is providing real-time and remotely managed information on Malawi’s electrical grid and power outages. This kind of work has set the stage for Malawi’s continued economic development,” she added.

With about 3.2 million households without power, Malawi is working towards a reliable and cost-efficient operation of its transmission system.

“The ability to monitor the grid in real time is a key requirement to secure electricity supply nationwide,” said Lazarus Angbazo, CEO for GE Power’s Grid Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Furthermore, the grid modernization and expansion will enable safe and efficient transmission of electricity therefore providing more Malawians with access to electricity and pave the way toward development of Africa’s regional interconnections,” he added.

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