17 June 2008 – Namibia is now receiving an additional 40MW of electricity from Zimbabwe, John Kaimu, NamPower corporate affairs manager confirmed. This brings the amount of power received from Zimbabwe to 80MW.
The power supply is the result of an agreement between Zimbabwe and Namibia, whereby Namibia funded the US$40 million refurbishment of four generators at the Hwange power station in exchange for electricity supply from the station. The final agreement provides for 150MW to be supplied to Nambia for the next five years.
The additional power has eased supply constraints being experienced by NamPower.
"With the additional 40MW from Zesa, the demand side management measures and the general increased awareness of energy saving by the public we can assure the public, that NamPower is in control of the situation," Kaimu said.
Nampower have also made an additional US$10 million available for the same project, although Kaimu confirmed the money has, to date, not been utilised as both countries were attempting to optimise the utilisation of the funds through efficiency management processes.
"Should we realise that additional funds are needed, a portion of US$10 million or the total US$10 million can be released," he added.
The additional funding could provide an additional 30 – 35MW for NamPower, but this would need to be negotiated at the appropriate time.
NamPower is expected to spend approximately US$1.3 billion on the power shortages facing the country over the next few years, and in the 2008/09 budget, Namibia’s government allocated approximately US$900 000 for emergency projects.
One of these projects is the installation of a 50MW diesel generator at Paratus. This is the first phase of a series of similar projects to be implemented over the next six months.
The second phase will commence in 12 to 18 months with the installations of a 100MW generator along the Namibian coast.
Namibia’s installed capacity is 384MW, with peak demand reaching 449MW. Demand is forecast to reach 1 400MW by 2030.