The Namibian regional electricity distributor, Erongo Red, has commissioned a state-of-the-art substation at Walvis Bay to keep up with the high electricity demand.Speaking at the inauguration on Friday, Erongo Red CEO Fessor Mbango said that the upgrade has by far been the company's biggest project to date.
According to the New Era, at present Walvis Bay's electricity consumption is about 60MW and has put added strain on the network.
However, the system upgrade will meet the town's growing demand with the station's 120MW transfer capacity at 11 kilovolt. Read more...
"Our position has always been to reinvest in our network and to ensure that we provide exceptional services to our customers. Our vision is to bring electricity to all by 2020 and upgrading our network is very crucial in our drive to fulfil this vision.
"Hence, this upgrade will enable us to address critical problems by improving reliability, enabling critical upgrades to be undertaken, reducing network constraints and minimising unplanned interruptions," Mbango said.
Electricity distributor invests in the network
The N$570 million ($40 million) project was a joint venture between Erongo Red and Nampower.
The electricity distributor contributed N$270 million ($19 million) through a loan obtained from the Development Bank of Namibia.
Also speaking at the event, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Simeon Negumbo, said electricity is a vehicle for economic emancipation and commended Erongo Red and stakeholders for partnering to develop critical infrastructure for the benefit of Walvis Bay.
The minister said: "As you are aware, Walvis Bay is of strategic importance to the whole country, thus it is very important that we have the infrastructure to cater for all the current and envisaged projects.
“We cannot afford to experience unnecessary load shedding and outages in the future, just because we failed to invest in the infrastructure today."
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