Spotlight on power supply

AEDU Namibia Technical Conference
The Association of Electricity Distribution ­Undertakings in Namibia (AEDU) held its 11th annual Technical ­Conference at the Walvis Bay Town Hall.
Nikanor Nangolo
Stakeholders in the electricity industry and various distribution companies from across Namibia and South Africa attended the Association of Electricity Distribution Undertakings in Namibia (AEDU) 11th annual Technical Conference in Walvis Bay with the theme, “Unified Industry Approach”.

Speaking at the opening of the two-day conference, Kandara Mukusuka of NamPower announced that the national power provider has plans to implement another power project (Anixas 2) which will be located in Walvis Bay next to Anixas 1.

“The new project with a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) will have a lifespan of 25 years and will cost about N$1.5 billion. The project is expected to be operational in early 2024. NamPower will also be implementing a new battery storage system project (BESS project) which will have a lifespan of 19 years. The 58 MW/ 75 MW project (with a grant funding of EUR20 million through Kfw Development Bank) will be located at Omburu SS just about 12 km outside Omaruru and is expected to be operational at the end of 2023.”

Mukusuka added that NamPower also plans to install the Khan Solar PV IPP power project (with a 20 MW export capacity) at the Khan Substation close to Usakos, and the project is expected to be operational from the second quarter of 2023.

“With this, NamPower hopes to achieve generation expansion by optimally implementing generation projects as well as transmission expansion by optimally expanding its transmission grid.”

Trevino Forbes, the mayor of Walvis Bay, pointed out that the harbour town depends on the electricity industry to supply an electrical supply service that is available, of good quality and affordable.

“Electrical supply is required for economic growth and social upliftment. Therefore, the efforts made at this conference will set an example for the region of how the electricity distribution and supply industry can adapt to a new business model for the benefit of different communities.”

Forbes also emphasised that electricity customers have a role to play by optimizing their use of electrical power. “A fair number of customers are not conversant with electricity and will require a concerted effort to educate customers, in order to make them aware of the possible efficiencies they can introduce in their environments. “Safety should also not be ignored for these customers, and must be included in such education to avoid loss of life and material goods.”

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