The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has set a 10-day timeframe to rehabilitate a burst by-pass pipe at its Nkula B Power Station.
Bursting of the pipe has forced the power generating company to shut down the power station, thereby reducing power generation capacity by 100 megawatts MW.
Speaking after touring the site to appreciate work done yesterday, Minister of Energy Newton Kambala commended the firm’s technical team for reacting to the problem with speed.
He said assessments showed that draining the pipe from the intake would take longer.
“We need to do proper studies to see how we can quickly release all the water which is now held in the pipe from the intake down to the power station and, once that water is drained, we will start working on the pipe,” Kambala said.
Kambala added that some spare parts would have to be imported but could not tell the cost.
Egenco Chief Executive Officer William Liyabunya was optimistic that generation at the site would return to normalcy at the beginning of January.
“It is difficult to tell the loss in monetary value now but we are spending a lot on production and man-power. Apart from that, we feel it is also a loss to the communities and to our economy,” he said.
Nkula B, which produces 100mw, is the second largest power plant after Kapichira, which produces 130MW.
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