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NEW SCADA BRINGS HOPE TO MALAWI’S POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

The pictures below depict the newly-installed Supervisory Control, and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) at ESCOM's National Control Centre (NCC) at Chichiri in Blantyre. This new system has replaced the old SCADA which was installed 18 years ago in the year 2000, such that it became obsolete, making it difficult for ESCOM to identify any transmission/system failure/ and faults in the electricity transmission network system, among others. Under the $350.7 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funded Malawi Power Compact, a new SCADA was designed, supplied and now installed at ESCOM. This new system will greatly help the state-owned power utility company to easily monitor, control and coordinate the related networks within the Malawi power network, regulate power voltage within the transmission grid and also identify system failure in those substations that are connected to the SCADA system. Overall, it will improve power transmission and ensure constant supply of power in Malawi, thanks to the United States of America (USA) taxpayers, through MCC.

 

The SCADA video wall at ESCOMs Chichiri National Control Center NCC

 

MCA Malawi staff as well as Malawi Government officials appreciating how the new SCADA is working

 

Control Engineers captured using the new SCADA inside the NCC

 

A close up of a video wall beaming the new SCADA