NamPower awards N$1 billion tender to ABB

NamPower awards N$1 billion tender to ABB

NAMPOWER has appointed ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, to construct converter stations at the Gerus and Zambezi substations as part of the Caprivi Link Interconnector power line project.

The tender is worth US$180 million or approximately N$1 billion. NamPower is constructing a 970-km, 350-kilovolt high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line from the Zambezi substation near Katima Mulilo to Gerus substation situated between Otjiwarongo and Outjo.The future line will allow a power flow of up to 300 megawatt (MW).The design allows for a future upgrade of the link to 600 MW, NamPower said in a statement on Friday.”The construction tender was awarded to ABB after a competitive and transparent process,” NamPower said.”ABB is a reputable leading power and automation technology group whose services NamPower has enlisted before.”The line will connect the electricity networks of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Mozambique and South Africa to create an alternative route of power imports and exports between neighbouring countries.Once completed, power to customers in the Caprivi Region can be supplied by the Zambian power utility Zesco and NamPower.This means that the Caprivi Region will, for the first time, be connected to the Namibian grid.Southern Africa is experiencing a shortage of electricity supply because demand is outstripping generation, and because of a lack of investment in power generation projects.Repairs at South Africa’s only nuclear power plant, Koeberg in the Western Cape, has prevented it from producing at full 1 800 MW capacity for the last two years.The transmission will use ABB’s innovative HVDC light system, a high-voltage direct current transmission technology that will stabilise the weak Namibian and Zambian networks, thus increasing grid reliability in the whole region, NamPower said.ABB is responsible for system engineering including design, supply and installation of the two converter stations and earth electrodes.It is planned that the system will be in operation by the end of 2009.Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) is a multinational company with its headquarters in Zuerich, Switzerland, and operating mainly in the power and automation technology.ABB is one of the largest engineering companies worldwide.It has operations in around 100 countries, with approximately 111 000 employees.NamPower is constructing a 970-km, 350-kilovolt high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line from the Zambezi substation near Katima Mulilo to Gerus substation situated between Otjiwarongo and Outjo.The future line will allow a power flow of up to 300 megawatt (MW).The design allows for a future upgrade of the link to 600 MW, NamPower said in a statement on Friday.”The construction tender was awarded to ABB after a competitive and transparent process,” NamPower said.”ABB is a reputable leading power and automation technology group whose services NamPower has enlisted before.”The line will connect the electricity networks of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Mozambique and South Africa to create an alternative route of power imports and exports between neighbouring countries.Once completed, power to customers in the Caprivi Region can be supplied by the Zambian power utility Zesco and NamPower.This means that the Caprivi Region will, for the first time, be connected to the Namibian grid.Southern Africa is experiencing a shortage of electricity supply because demand is outstripping generation, and because of a lack of investment in power generation projects.Repairs at South Africa’s only nuclear power plant, Koeberg in the Western Cape, has prevented it from producing at full 1 800 MW capacity for the last two years.The transmission will use ABB’s innovative HVDC light system, a high-voltage direct current transmission technology that will stabilise the weak Namibian and Zambian networks, thus increasing grid reliability in the whole region, NamPower said.ABB is responsible for system engineering including design, supply and installation of the two converter stations and earth electrodes.It is planned that the system will be in operation by the end of 2009.Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) is a multinational company with its headquarters in Zuerich, Switzerland, and operating mainly in the power and automation technology.ABB is one of the largest engineering companies worldwide.It has operations in around 100 countries, with approximately 111 000 employees.

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