Namibia Embarks on Electricity Project

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Namibia’s capital city Windhoek has embarked on the construction of a new electricity substation to provide electricity demands for commerce, industry, and households.

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) declared this through its own social media platform.

It reads, “The Development Bank of Namibia has planned to provide 155 million Namibia dollars (about 10.4 million U.S. dollars) in finance for the City of Windhoek’s Khomas substation.

“The existing 66 kV transmission network that supplies Windhoek is reaching maximum capacity and Nampower’s Van Eck transmission substation has reached its physical and operational margins.”

Also, the chairperson of the City of Windhoek Management Committee, Illse Keister in a chat with the Press on the new development said;

“The proposed Khomas intake substation will ensure additional capacity to support the forecasted demand.

“Supply capacity to Windhoek is restricted to 160 MVA so a 90 MVA upgrade is needed to cater for forecasted growth in electricity demand for commerce, industry, and households and the substation will be developed by the City of Windhoek and Nampower.

“Nampower will assume the responsibility of constructing and maintaining the substation. The city of Windhoek will earn revenue through electricity tariffs from the increased capacity. Part of this revenue will be used to repay the loan to the DBN”.

It would be recalled that Namibia currently imports most of its electricity primarily through bilateral contracts with South Africa’s national power utility (Eskom) and to a lesser extent, the Southern Africa Power Pool.

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