16 May 2014

Namibia: No Load-Shedding Says Nampower

NAMPOWER managing director Paulinus Shilamba has assured the nation that there will be no load-shedding in the country this year because there is enough water for the Ruacana Power Station to generate adequate electricity.

Shilamba made these remarks during a media tour of the power station on Wednesday.

"Currently, there is no crisis regarding electricity and there will be no load-shedding to be experienced this year. We have enough power at the moment to supply to the nation," said Shilamba.

He said that even though hydropower generation is relatively high, NamPower will always look for ways to lower consumption.

Shilamba also said the free solar water heaters and the light emitting diode (LED) bulbs project that was introduced last year, will commence at the beginning of the winter season next year.

The Ruacana station manager, Benedictus Mingeli, said about 240 cubic metres of water flow through the generators per second producing up to 320 megawatts.

"Namibia imports less during the rainy season because that is the time when the Kunene River will be flowing heavily. We are currently busy with the turbine units replacements and the Omatando line upgrade projects," said Mingeli.

Kahijoro Kahuure, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, urged the private sector to assist the ministry and NamPower to avoid power shortages.

He also said Namibia and Angola have signed an agreement on electricity and water supply called Calueque Scheme that will enable the two countries to sustain the high electricity and water demand in the northern parts of the country.

Early this week, Shilamba told Prime Minister Hage Geingob that Namibia is likely to lose about 750 MW within the next 15 months when most power purchase agreements end.

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