Kapichira power generation machines still offline – Egenco

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) says it has failed to finalise maintenance works at Kapichira Power Station which were scheduled to be completed during this year’s Easter holiday.

Kapichira hydropower plant

In a statement postd  on Tuesday, April 14 by the company management on its website, the company says has failed to meet the deadline it set for the works due to technical challenges encountered during the process.

“The works were planned to run from Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April 2020, however, due to technical challenges that have been encountered in the course of doing the work, it was impossible to conclude the works.

“Hopefully, it will be completed on Wednesday 15thApril 2020,” the statement reads.

The statement further said that due to the maintenance works the national power grid is missing 97.2 megawatts in line with the shutdown of the power generation machines to pave way for the maintenance works.

However, power generation at Nkula, Tedzani, Wovwe and diesel plants are in full operation providing power generation capacity at 241.45 megawatts.

“In order to successfully carry out the maintenance works, power generation machines at Kapichira are off as these works require draining water reservoir.

“We are, however, assuring the general public and all stakeholders that we are doing everything possible to ensure we conclude the works as soon as possible and bring back the Kapichira machines online,” the statement adds.

The maintenance works were aimed at improving the reliability and safety of Kapichira Power Station.

Currently, ESCOM customers are experiencing about five hours of power blackout every day.

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2 years ago

This organisation is trying all it can to bring down the DPP Government, people there are not committed to help the Country. There is need to change Management at EGENCO and ESCOM. They are able able to buy top of the class cars for their Managers but are failing to buy spares for the Machines, what a mess.

2 years ago

with the lock down announced officially will this mean that there will be less load shedding due to lower demand with the shut down? Or will it still be No Power for 5 hours every day???
When is the maintenance going to be completed as we have been on load shedding since 28th February!
Or is it going to be load shedding the whole year round!!!!

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