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GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has completed the installation and commissioning of the Energy Management (EMS) and telecommunications systems at 26 substations of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM). The project, financed through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will improve efficiency, reliability, security and planning of the transmission network in Malawi, according to the company.

GE completes Malawi EMS projectThe project will provide ESCOM with the tools to securely interconnect with its neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania, and will reduce technical losses in the transmission system in the medium-term. 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. GE’s EMS solution will enable the state-owned power utility to easily monitor, control and coordinate the related electrical networks, regulate power voltage within the transmission grid and identify system failure in those substations that are connected to the SCADA system,” says Lazarus Angbazo, CEO of GE Power’s Grid Solutions for sub-Saharan Africa

“Furthermore, the grid modernisation 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 adds.

“The work we have accomplished through the MCC Malawi Compact 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,” Jeanne Hauch, Vice President and General Counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation said at the handover ceremony.

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