NamPower completes first step of N$4 billion project

The Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) has completed the first project under its 400 kV expansion programme, which aims to extend its utility infrastructure by more than 800 kilometres.

Last week, the power company officially launched its Auas-Gerus line, which was the first line to be completed and cost N$870 million.

According to NamPower managing director Simson Haulofu, the expansion is vital to reinforce the nation’s power supply reliability.

“This initiative underscores our commitment to meeting the evolving electricity needs of our nation,” said Haulofu.

The programme includes the construction of three major transmission lines, he added.

“The remaining two lines, namely the Obib-Oranjemund and Auas-Kokerboom transmission lines, are progressing well.”

Valued at over N$4 billion, the 400 kV expansion programme also includes transmission substation upgrades at different locations across the country, ensuring enhanced efficiency and capacity within the grid.

“The rationale behind the programme is threefold. It aims to cater to current and future national load requirements, provide redundancy within the transmission system and support the growth of our economy,” he said.

According to Haulofu, this is of importance in meeting Namibia’s growing electricity demands.

“This investment aligns with our vision of maintaining world-class standards in our transmission network,” he said.

As part of the project, NamPower has also introduced technology to enhance grid stability.

“We have installed 420 kV Air Core High Voltage Shunt Reactors at key substations, marking a significant milestone for Africa,” said Haulofu.

With these initiatives, NamPower is poised to reinforce Namibia’s electricity grid, supporting economic growth and ensuring a reliable energy future for the nation, he said.

Mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo said it is important for NamPower to provide affordable electricity.

He added that infrastructure development such as the Auas-Gerus 400kV transmission line is important in closing the gap between electricity demand and supply.

He said this year, the ministry is likely to do more in terms of electrification of rural areas.

“Because the ministry has received a larger budget allocation, we will be able to do more in terms of electrification of rural areas,” said Alweendo.

The project took 24 months to complete and was carried out by Power Line Africa.

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