No serious power supply disruptions expected: NamPower

18 Apr 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – NamPower has put adequate measures in place to address the challenging power supply situation envisaged during the years 2015 to 2017.
“Therefore, no serious power supply disruptions will be expected during that period,” said NamPower Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba during a media briefing here on Tuesday.
Serious power supply deficits are anticipated due to the new step-loads and the Power-Purchase Agreements (PPAs) which will expire in the next 15 months.
“We have embarked upon campaigns to address the power supply situation in the short, medium and long-term,” he said, adding that the implementation of the Demand Side Management (DSM) programme is among the short to medium-term projects which NamPower has embarked upon to address the situation.
Shilumba said NamPower will continue with the effective implementation of the DSM project, which includes specific DSM campaigns, time-of-use tariffs and public awareness campaigns under the theme 'Power of Knowing' to advocate energy-saving initiatives.
He added that a Cabinet resolution was passed last December in support of the DSM campaigns, which include importing Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs which will be installed for free in residential houses throughout the country, the installation of 20 000 solar water heaters in residential houses through a rebate initiative, and negotiations with large customers for access to their standby generators to support electricity demand during peak and emergency periods.
The NamPower chief said the DSM programme is expected to cost about N.dollars 350 million and yield a combined saving of about 110 Mega Watts (MW) over a period of five years.
A Virtual Power Station (VPS) and Demand Reduction (RD) also fall under the DSM programme to assist NamPower to better manage the demand and supply balance.
Meanwhile, plans to rehabilitate the Van Eck Power Station are underway, and the first unit is expected to be commissioned by the end of May and the last unit by the end of August this year.
“This will result in a much more reliable power station, meeting its original design output of 120 MW and a guaranteed based-load output of at least 90 MW,” said Shilamba.
The project will cost about N.dollars 330 million.