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Blackouts to be minimal upon Nkula shut down—Egenco

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Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has assured its consumers that power blackouts will be minimal in the course of maintenance works to be carried out at Nkula from Friday, March 30, to Tuesday, April 3.

Egenco will shut down its Nkula B hydro power plant in order to carry out major maintenance works.

Egenco publicist, Moses Gwaza, Sunday said the power generation company will make sure that the impact of the shutdown is minimal.

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“The maintenance works are very critical as they will help improve our generation capacity. However, we, as Egenco, will try to use our diesel generators from Lilongwe and Mzuzu and also ensure maximum utilisation of other hydro power stations.

“The diesel generators normally run during peak hours when we have a gap in hydro generation but, in this case, we will make sure that they run for longer hours, so that the [cases of] blackouts are reduced,” he said.

Gwaza said the shutdown will see 100 megawatts (MW) being taken off the grid, resulting in reduced electricity to be supplied to the Single Buyer as per the current power market structure.

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He explained that the main works will involve replacement of Main Inlet Valve (MIV) on Nkula B number five.

“The MIV works to be undertaken will involve dismantling and removing the old, worn out MIV and replacing it with a new one which has been procured at Euro 1,180,000,” he said.

The Egenco diesel generators for Lilongwe produce 10 megawatts while the Mzuzu ones produce six MW.

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