Kapichira generation capacity at 75 percent
Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) Wednesday said it has started running a third turbine at its Kapichira hydro power station, bringing the plant’s generation capacity to 97.2 megawatts (mw).
This brings Kapichira’s total electricity generation capacity to 352.36mw.
In an interview, Egenco spokesperson Mosses Gwaza said the development signifies progress on elevating the temporary cofferdam to allow for the three machines to generate electricity.
“We are happy that we have been able to resume electricity generation on a third machine; the focus will now be on the last machine, which will be added to the grid in due course,” Gwaza said.
In a separate interview, Chairperson for the National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises William Mwale said it was too early to see the power situation reflecting on improved productivity.
“We have already seen a lot of excitement among small businesses especially in welding, barbers, maize milling which is a good sign but for medium scale manufacturing companies we should wait until after a month then we can see the impact,” Mwale said.
Power outages have been a perennial challenge in the country, affecting industry players