Economy

Maamba Collieries Power Generation Capacity Back To 100%.

By Kay Musonda.

The 300MW coal-fired power plant of Maamba Collieries Limited has resumed full capacity operations and is supplying the full contracted power to ZESCO.

The country’s largest independent power producer is now supplying almost 25 percent of the nation’s power, based on the estimated 1,080 MW of power currently being distributed in Zambia.

“We are happy to inform that both 150 MW power units at Maamba Collieries are now running at their full capacity thanks to sustained efforts by the management with the equipment suppliers, despite being hampered by lack of funds”, said Chief Executive Officer Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar.

While referring to the recent shutdowns reported in the media, he added that the modern, eco-friendly coal-fired power plant – the only one of its kind in Zambia – is complex, and due to the nature of its operations, needs periodic robust maintenance and specialised technical support, which comes at high costs and cannot be ignored if production is to be assured. He added that MCL has been facing challenges on this account due to shortfall of funds.

In this context, the CEO said the recent tariff revision augurs well for the energy industry in Zambia as it should allow ZESCO to make timely payments to its power suppliers like Maamba Collieries, which would ensure proactive maintenance of the power plant and improve availability of power.

The present shortage of rainfall in the country has reduced the power generation capacity from ZESCO hydro plants drastically, and energy producers like Maamba Collieries, which are not dependent on rainfall, play a key role in the managing energy deficit using resources available in Zambia without recourse to imports.

Meanwhile, Maamba Collieries will be working with ZESCO to ensure schedules for mandatory major overhauls are adjusted as far as possible to accommodate ZESCO’s requirement of power and to minimise disruption of the nation’s energy supply, the company added.

Rear Admiral Shankar said: “While the last few months have been very challenging for Maamba Collieries due to shortfall in funds, we will strive to provide uninterrupted power to ZESCO, which will reduce the effects of the current electricity deficit. MCL supplying full output capacity, barring scheduled maintenance breaks, can be a reality in the coming months with ZESCO meeting its payment obligations to MCL in full on the back of additional revenue from the tariff revision and the continued support of Government.”.

Finance Minister Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu and Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa inspected the Maamba Collieries plant on November 2, 2019, to obtain a better understanding of the operations of the thermal power plant and the challenges faced.

©Zambia Reports 2020.

16 Comments

  1. Tisa

    So loadsheding must be how many hours now??

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  2. Kokoliko

    Wen is the loadsheding going to be reduced Mr nkuwa sir ,thanks to mamba management and the government at large

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  3. Christopher

    Good new

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  4. Herv Rena

    So ba ZESCO pwisheni inkongole Ku maamba for them to operate well.

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  5. Matumbo

    Well done MCL. With the new tarrifs we need more investors in the sector. Kudos

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  6. Muyuda

    It is good work, but we want change pa 2021 ni
    HH

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    • Gigs

      Muyunda what are saying this is rubbish with your HH go to hell .vyour HH Will never be the president in this country

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  7. Kcm

    Please give us power for at least 20 hrs per day

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  8. jaguar

    A least zoona.

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  9. muntu

    This is great, but feels expansive the government should seriously consider venturing into Sola and wind power

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  10. SEE MIND

    LET’S BRING BACK TO NORMAL, RAIFALL IS RAINING. SOLAR POWER BULT. MAAMBA ELECTRICITY FULL CAPACITIES 100% OPERATIONS. WE DON’T WANT AGAIN LOAD SHEDDING !!!

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  11. Sunta Sunkutu

    I think with the commissioning of kafue lower this year, with the generative capacity of 700mw (am told, am not certain about the figure) we should exceed national requirements and generate enough for export. That together with a positive ruling in the kcm liquidation issue, government can resume copper production as owners and boost state forex revenues. 2020 maybe a turnaround year but lungu needs to step up his fight on corruption, it must be visible and get rid of non performing ministers. The rains look good, the heavens have smiled on our impending harvest season and infrastructure is on point. God will see us through, so that temptation from the devil, via US ambassador Foote and his gay dollars can go to hell. Kagame from Rwanda just shuts them up and chases them away, that’s why the western world hates him, but he is Africa’s finest. Stay focused lungu.

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  12. Not true

    But why do we still have loadsheding

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