The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has disclosed that government plans to procure diesel-powered generators that will produce 80 megawatts.
The generators will replace those of Agrekko which are currently generating 78 megawatts.
Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola disclosed last week that government wants to do away with Agrekko’s generators.
In an emailed response, Egenco’s Senior Public Relations Officer Moses Gwaza said the plan awaits approval of funding.
“There is a plan that government through Egenco will procure 80 megawatts of diesel-powered generators to replace the mentioned supplier. We have been informed about this programme and we are just waiting for government financing on the same,” Gwaza said.
He added that Egenco is also looking at a combined cycle gas turbine which is cheaper to run compared to diesel.
“We will be floating a tender on the same soon. Once funding is provided and we roll out the project we should be able to supply the required 80 megawatts,” Gwaza said.
Gwaza further said following the damage caused by incessant rains due to Tropical Storm Ana, the outage of Kapichira Power Station means Egenco can no longer generate 129.6 megawatts from the power station.
He said internal assessment has revealed that blackouts will persist within a period of four to six months.
“All things being equal, we are looking at a period of between 4 to 6 months just to do temporary works to restore power generation.
“However, this is from our own internal assessment. We also await the proposals that a number of contractors we have engaged will submit because one of the big factors to consider when giving out the contract to restore will be timeframe of completion,” he said.
Egenco is on record to have said that it will need about K18 billion to restore works at Kapichira.