Kahimise urges utility distributors to apply for tariff reviews

Robert Kahimise

ELECTRICITY Control Board (ECB) chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has urged all distribution utilities to submit applications for tariff reviews.

He said this during a media briefing in Windhoek last week.
According to Kahimise, only six licencees have submitted their tariff review applications.
“Those that have not applied for tariff reviews risk losing revenue because they would be selling electricity based on outdated tariffs,” said Kahimise.

Kahimise added that Namibia is well positioned to take advantage of hydroelectric power as the country looks towards different energy generations.

The positive outlook on water flows implies that Namibia is well positioned to harness hydro-electric power, a significant factor in the nation’s energy mix.

Kahimise further said Namibia should not be worried about load-shedding, which he attributed to the bilateral relationship that exists between Namibia and Zambia.

“Considering the agreements we have in place, I can confidently say that, unless something drastic occurs, we should not expect load-shedding,” he said.

Kahimise further highlighted the importance of these agreements in mitigating the risk of blackouts.
“Threats now and then can happen, especially at the transmission level. There’s nothing we can do about it, however, I can give that assurance to the industry that Namibia will not have load-shedding, at least for now,” he said.

Kahimise added that the country has been getting some positive rain flow, which contributes to the stability of the power supply.
ECB general manager of economic regulation Pinehas Mutota said due to favourable weather conditions, specifically rainfall in the southern part of Angola, the Ruacana hydro-electric power plant in Namibia is currently operating at full capacity, producing around 347 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Mutota said the increased water levels in the dams located in Angola have allowed for sustained operations.
“Due to good rains in the southern part of Angola we have been able to run our four turbines consecutively, which is a good thing,” Mutota said.

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