Malawi brace for massive blackouts: Escom shuts down Kapichira II

Electricity users should expect massive blackouts from October 10 through to October 27 as Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) begins to services it machines at Kapichira II power plant.

The utility body has since requested its customers to be calm as it starts servicing two machines at Kapichira II power plant  which provide 32 Megawatts.

Mtonda: Calm

Mtonda: Calm

The two machines which were commissioned on December 27, 2013 need to undergo maintenance before the defects liability period wraps up, according to Escom Director of Distribution and Customer Services, Peter Mtonda.

“One machine will operate at a time while the other is switched off, meaning there will be 32 megawatts only at a time beginning fromOctober 10 to 27,” Mtonda said.

Some of the major defects are shaft seal, cooling water piping and machine turbine control panels.

“Considering the negative impact the outage could have on our customers, the Corporation initiated negotiations with the contractor to explore possibilities of reducing the outage period and hence the settling for 17 days,” said Mtonda.

He said they bought the two power generating machines at $55 million and are currently under a warrant period of one year.

“Before the warrant period close we agreed that any defect will be the responsibility of the contractor, hence the servicing,” he emphasised.

In March this year, the Corporation also closed the same power plant for 28 days to repair the same shaft seal machine following its leaking.

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18 thoughts on “Malawi brace for massive blackouts: Escom shuts down Kapichira II”

  1. ble says:

    Thanx escom 4 de info,enanu osat nyooo apaa!

  2. Nonono says:

    Zonsezitu mwana wa abiti ntila Roy uja adaotchetsa ESCOM chifukwa chochita supply fake equipment and failing to supply but geting paid. Inu cashgate pamenepa simukuiona?

  3. Mbanangwa says:

    Rubbish waning! You charge exorbitantly and you fail to buy proper machines. You created several managers who are simply depleting resources of the company with no work being done. Shame!

  4. Harrison Bvumbwe says:

    We are tired of your lame exuses. Is there no matured people who can last this problem of black outs? Talembani Nchitozi anyamata ophunzira osati nkhalamba kumangokakamila mu ofesi.

  5. yuona says:

    Kwa amene amazitsata apa palibe nkhani. Mbulinu muzingolongolora poti munazolowera kutero. Thanks ESCOM for the info!

  6. Losambo says:

    Wowve is just a booster, the whole country uses Nkula electricity Mr/Mrs Chindere

  7. Tony says:

    ok but make sure the bills should also be reduced since the usage will be reduced tiwona ma bill a mwezi uno ndi wathawu mwatikwana kutibera inu a ESCOM

  8. zinjaphropus says:

    malawi need more power not kukoza dzakalekale, a escom ndimu auchitsiru eti!

  9. Pacharo says:

    Tiyambirenso zomwe zija za ma black out!

  10. pierra says:

    Let us hope ESCOM will be calm about ppo with – holding bill payment until discounted for the poor service rendered them!

  11. vindere says:

    You people, you can have your Nkula hydro and the like with lots of blackout and i will have my Wovwe up North with No Blackout.

    1. Vindere says:

      Iwe Wovwe can not supply even Karonga. Mind you Wovwe has installed capacity of 4.5MW while the region needs in excess of 50MW.

    2. Inu says:

      Vovwe is just 5 MW. what can a country do with 5 MW?

  12. Malawianmom says:

    OOOOPS ESCOM, YOU KNOW APM JUST OPENED THE DOORS FOR INVERSTER TO COME HERE. I HOPE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE THE TIME WHEN INVERSTERS ARE IN MALAWI. YOU KNOW THEY ARE COMING TO SIZE US UP. TO SEE IF WE ARE UP TO IT. AND READY TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE WORLD.

    PLEASE DON’T MESS IT UP. YOU SHOULD BE TOLKING OF ADDING UP THE MEGA BITES. THUS WHAT THE NATION IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR.

  13. Kuba basi says:

    Stupidity of Malawians, as long as they are paid a few thousands kwacha of bribe money, they will buy antiquated equipment and burden tax payers with maintenance costs. They smile at you but inside the people you do crooked busness with laugh at your stupidity.

    1. Inu says:

      This is a process with all construction projects. This is needed to make sure that everything is operating normally. It does not necessarily mean that the power station is not working. What it means is that there is need as per contractual agreement to check on this. Since this thing is emerged in water, there is no way to check it unless the turbine has to be switched off. Malawians, learn about the issue you are commenting on before coming here.

  14. wui says:

    Thanks for the info. well timed.

  15. chaku says:

    this will neva end

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