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Nkula B back in operation

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John Kapito

Electricity supply is expected to return to normalcy as Energy Generation Company (Egenco) winds up fixing a burst by-pass pipe at its Nkula B Power Station.

The burst pipe caused a shutdown of the plant, reducing power generation capacity by 100 megawatts (mw).

According to a statement from Egenco, the plant, however, is providing 80mw from four by-pass pipes while the firm is finalising the repairing process of one of the burst pipes.

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“We managed to remove the burst pipe and it has been repaired successfully. We are bringing back the machine into the national grid except for the machine which had the burst pipe as we seek to do further repairs in other affected areas,” the statement reads.

The shutdown of Nkula B, which is the second biggest power plant for Egenco, forced the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to implement load shedding programme.

In a separate statement, Escom has announced an end to the load shedding.

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“Escom is now getting enough power to supply its customers based on the current demand,” the statement reads.

The bursting of a by-pass pipe happens rarely.

In an earlier interview, Consumers Association of Malawi Executive Director John Kapito advised Egenco to be checking pipes regularly to avoid another occurrence.

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