OUTAGE OF NKULA B POWER STATIONegenco
Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) wishes to inform all stakeholders and the general public that there will be an outage of Nkula B on 30th and 31st July 2022 (8 hours on each day) in order to allow for emergency maintenance of trash raking machines and screens. This means 100 megawatts of hydropower generation (about 40% of the current power generation capacity) will not be available for supply to the national grid.
At the Nkula B intake, a trash-raking machine is stuck under water and all attempts to remove it without station shutdown have failed. The works will therefore involve divers getting under water to remove the stuck trash rake, Inspect intake screens and repair damaged screens. The recovery and repair works will require complete shutdown of Nkula B Power Station to allow safe working environment for Divers, welders and other staff working there.
These works are necessary to ensure efficient raking at Nkula B Intake for sustained Power Production and prevent further damage to the screens and underwater machine parts as large objects may enter the tunnel through the damage or dislodged fine screens.
In order to mitigate the impact of Nkula B outage, EGENCO will continue to run all available diesel power plants.
EGENCO sincerely regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by the outage of Nkula B Power Station.