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220Kv interconnection to be commissioned

26 March 2008 – The Presidents of Namibia and Zambia will this week commission a US$12 million, 220Kv power line from Victoria – Sesheke.

Hifikepunye Pohamba

Namibian president,
Hifikepunye Pohamba

Expected to attend the unveiling of two plaques commemorating the event are Namibian minister of mines and energy, Erkki Nghimtina, Zambian minister of energy and water development, Kenneth Konga, the governor of the Caprivi Region, Leonard Mwilima, chairman of NamPower, Levi Hungamo, managing director of Zambia Electricity Supply (Zesco), Rhodnie Sisala, managing director of NamPower, Paulinus Shilamba and members of the diplomatic corps.

The project represents an upgrade to an existing 66kv line which is being upgraded in order to "boost" electricity supplies between Zambia to Namibia. The project is a joint development between Zesco and Nampower.

This unveiling comes at a time when the region is faced with severe power shortages, with SADC countries having to schedule load shedding, which has had a serious impact on production, particularly in the mining industry.