The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has intensified efforts aimed at stabilising power supply in the country.
Egenco Chief Executive Officer William Liabunya has however blamed siltation in the company’s ponds as the leading factor in the ongoing erratic power supply.
Speaking after Natural Resources, Energy and Minister Aggrey Masi toured some rehabilitation projects in Tedzani and Nkula Power Stations on Tuesday, Liabunya further added that siltation has resulted in the company generating only 220 megawatt out of the available 333.40 megawatt.
Said Liabunya: “Siltation remains a challenge in all our power stations. There is a lot of silt that has accumulated over the years and is impacting negatively on our duty to generate enough electricity. Water storage capacities of our ponds has drastically reduced due to such silt.”
Egenco has so far dredged about 72, 380 metric tons of silt from Nkula pond alone, and another MK4.5billion dredging project by Motal Engil has kick-started.
Under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) project, Nkula A power station is completely shut down and is undergoing a rehabilitation, modernization and upgrading, a work scheduled to be complete in June next year. Soon after this, Liabunya said, project on upgrading Tedzani 3 will kick start, to be followed by a construction of Tedzani 4. This means the soonest Malawians can start dreaming of stable hydro electricity power supply is 18 months.
Taking his turn, Minister Masi said Egenco’s efforts to stabilise power supply must be supported.
“Egenco’s claims are valid and it is just by God’s grace that we still have power in some hours of the day. However, we, as a country should despair as there is hope insight,” said Masi.