Africa-Press – Malawi. Malawians should expect to experience more power outages from July 30 to July 31, 2022 as the county’s power generating company Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) will its Nkula B power station.
In a statement, the company says the shutdown is to allow for emergency maintenance of trash-ranking machines and screens at the said station. The company says the shutdown will make 100 megawatts of hydropower generation which is about 40 percent of the current power generation capacity not available for supply to the national grid.
The statement reads” At the Nkula B intake, a trash-ranking machine is struck under water and attempts to remove it without shutdown have failed. “The works will therefore involve divers getting under water to remove the struck trash rake, inspect intake screens and repair damaged screens.
“The recovery and repair works will require complete shutdown of Nkula B power station to allow safe working environment for divers, welders, and other staffs working there.
EGENCO further argues that the recovery and repair works are necessary to ensure that efficient ranking at the power station for sustained power production and prevent further damage to the screens and underwater machine parts as large objects may enter the tunnel through the damage and dislodged fine screens. Meanwhile, to mitigate the impact of the station’s outage, the company will continue to run all available diesel power plants.