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KNB POWER BACK ON FULL SUPPLY AS ZESCO COMPLETES MAINTENANCE WORKS

By KETRA KALUNGA

Maintenance works on Kariba North Bank (KNB) Power Station which led to Zesco Limited affecting a 15-day emergency load management last month after the generating unit developed a fault, have been completed.

And Zesco says the second stage of load management which was supposed to be implemented this month for 15 days would not take place following the resumption of full power supply at KNB power station.

Acting senior manager, corporate affairs, Hazel Zulu said in an interview that the maintenance works were completed two days before the stipulated 15 days and the generating unit is back on supply.

“We had said we would work on the machines at Kariba North Bank power station in 15 days but on the 12th day we had completed the work and we are back on full power supply,’’ she said.

Ms. Zulu explained that  the second stage of 15-day load management which was supposed to be implemented this month would not take off because for now, maintenance works on the generating units at Kafue Gorge Upper (KGU) would not be undertaken

She however said the nation would be notified when maintenance works on the generating units at Kafue Gorge Upper would be undertaken.

Zesco had  announced that it would affect 15-day load management effective 10th May 2021 from 17:00 to 21:00 hours and would run for 15 days, whilst the second stage would be implemented in June 2021, for another 15 days.

Emergency maintenance works which were being carried out were urgent and could not be postponed as doing so would risk the safety of the generating units which might lead to severe damage to equipment and compromise the future available generation capacity to meet the system demand,  the company said.

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