NamPower to spend N$7b on expansion plan

16 Apr 2014 11:00

Namibia's power utility, NamPower is set to spend about N$7b in the
next five to seven years on an extensive transmission expansion

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.