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Electricity in Malawi

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Executive Summary of Electricity in Malawi
 
Electricity in Malawi - The electricity sector in Malawi has one of the lowest electrification rates in Africa, with less than 10% of the population having access to electricity. Almost all of Malawi's power comes from a series of hydropower plants on the Shire river, that runs through the rift valley. The oldest of these plants in nearly 50 years old. The main electricity company in Malawi is Escom, a vertically integrated utility than is nominally a private company but with all shares owned by the government. Escom has suffered from a poor financial situation for several years, with tariffs barely meeting costs. Recent tariff increases have eased the problem slightly, but the company does not have resources to invest in new capacity, or in extending or refurbishing its transmission and distribution system - which is old and overloaded. Malawi depends heavily on donor agencies to support the government, but aid was suspended in 2011 after a negative report from the International Monetary Fund. Malawi has significant energy resources, particularly hydropower, biomass, solar and wind energy, which could all be developed for electricity production, but in order to do so Malawi must attract foreign investment. This, in turn, depends on the government showing itself capable of openness, good economic management, and able to eliminate corruption. If Malawi can do this, then the country offers significant future potential.
 
Malawi is a landlocked state along the East African Rift Valley.   The country depends on agriculture for most of its income and exports.
 
Key features of this report 
 
• An overview of the electricity market in Malawi.
• Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.
• Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.
• An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.
• Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.
• Transmission system expansion plans.
 
Key benefits from reading this report
 
What are the key energy resources in Malawi for power production.
How is the country overcoming the effects of power shortage?
What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
Who are the key players in market? 
What are the investment opportunities in the country?
 
Key market issues in Electricity in Malawi
 
This report is a Country Profile, covering:-
 
Power generation capacity by fuel input
Electricity networks
Current power market trends
Generation growth
Investment opportunities
Future project plans
 
Key findings of this report
 
1.The country imports refined petroleum products to support domestic consumption, which was estimated to be 12,060 bbl/d.
2.Biomass is the major source of energy in Malawi.
3.Most of the electricity generated in Malawi comes from a series of hydropower plants on the Shire river.
4.The transmission and distribution system in Malawi is based on a backbone of 132kV and 66kV transmission lines that link only the major cities.
5.Tariffs in Malawi have traditionally been relatively low.
 
Key questions answered by this report
 
1.How does Malawi generate its electricity?
2.What is the status of the national electricity market?
3.What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
4.Who are the key players in market?
5.What are the future prospects for investment in Malawi?
 
Who this report is for
 
Power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers, power sector manufacturers, power developers, investors in renewables systems and infrastructure, renewable energy developers, energy/power planning managers, energy/power development managers, governmental organisations, system operators, companies investing in renewable power infrastructure and generation, investment banks, infrastructure developers and investors, intergovernmental lenders, energy security analysts.
 
Why buy Electricity in Malawi
 
• To utilise in-depth assessment and analysis of the current and future technological and market state of power, carried out by an industry expert with 30 years in the power generation industry.
• Use cutting edge information and data.
• Use the highest level of research carried out. expert analysis to say what is happening in the market and what will happen next.
• Have the 'what if' questions answered.
• Save time and money by having top quality research done for you at a low cost.
 
Report Details
 Report Title
Electricity in Malawi
Report Subtitle
Country profile of power market trends and investment opportunities
Report Code

 

Publication Date
January 2014
Report Type
Energy
Report Size

 

Pages
26
Tables
8
Figures
8
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