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.
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.