The troubled Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) says it has re-commissioned Nkula Hydro-power station after the recent devastating floods forced the power supplier to shut it down to avoid severe damage to the machines, saying said consumers would only experience load shedding due to other reason, including maintanance of distribution lines and not due to flood related repairs.
“Nkula A machines were re-commissioned on January 22 2015 as scheduled.However,due to excessive silt in the water ways,the shaft seals for the two machines were found to be worn out,” Escom chief Executive
officer John Kandulu told reporters in Blantyre.
“Restoration work for Nkula B power station were completed on time,taking into account the water balancing requirement with Blantyre Water Board (BWB)”,he said.
Escom has a total generating capacity of 315 MW against a suppressed demand of 350MW
The utility body recently announced it would take two of the machines at Kapichira Power Station —machine three and four—off the grid in a phased manner – for maintenance.
The machines which have a combined capacity of 64 megawatts, installed by China Gezhouba Group (CGG), were only commissioned in December 2013.
According to Escom, they are fixing the shaft seals and installing a firefighting unit in the current maintenance works.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :