Pair of Malawi hydropower plants to go off line as rehab work begins

The Electricty Generation Company Malawi Ltd. (Egenco) has announced rehabilitation work at its 24-MW Nkula Falls A and 100-MW Nkula Falls B hydroelectric plants that will take the projects off line beginning later this month.

Speaking to local media last week, an Egenco official said the plants will be shut down beginning April 13, allowing for work in the facilities’ tunnels. The projects are expected to be back on line by April 16, though further repairs will continue through the summer.

Egenco said both Nkula Falls plants should see boosts in their capacities and lifespans as a result of the work.

The utility said upgrades will also be performed at the 52.7-MW Tedzani 3 hydropower plant.

All of the projects are located on Malawi’s Shire River. The African country is home to an estimated 17 million people, though data indicates nearly 90% do not have access to electricity.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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