NamPower to spend N.dollars 7 billion on expansion plan

15 Apr 2014 23:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia’s power utility, NamPower is set to spend about N.dollars seven billion in the next five to seven years on an extensive transmission expansion programme.
NamPower's Managing Director, Paulinus Shilamba made this announcement at a media briefing here on Tuesday, saying his company will be embarking on an extensive transmission expansion plan to ensure that electricity is reliably delivered to all parts of Namibia.
He said as part of this plan, several transmission projects are currently being implemented, and these include the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Kunene, Omatando and Rundu Quito projects, as well as the construction of the Otjikoto and Gerus line. The upgrade work on the West Coast transmission infrastructure is also part of this plan.
In addition, NamPower and the Ministry of Mines and Energy are working together on the Concentrated Solar Power Plant (CSP) project, which was approved by Cabinet earlier this year.
According to Shilamba, the key objective of the proposed project is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the Namibian energy mix by developing the necessary technical framework and conditions for the successful transfer and deployment of CSP technology for on-grid power generation, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Meanwhile, regarding the consideration of renewable energy products, Shilamba said NamPower has completed the pre-feasibility study into the use of invader bush.
He said the results from the study looked promising, and NamPower has resolved to proceed with the full-scale feasibility study, which will consider options for hybridisation with solar.