The above events are impacting on guaranteed supply in terms of direct imports from the two countries, resulting in the shortage of up to 90 MW in the NamPower supply system, and this is applicable to evening peak hours (18:00-21:00). The peak demand for the country currently stands at 530MW (excluding Skorpion Zinc Mine) against a peak supply of 285MW from local generation sources.
Efforts are being made by the utilities to get the line back on stream. This line supplies four utilities in the region. In the meantime NamPower has requested assistance from partner utilities in line with the Southern African Power Pool protocols.
While NamPower will continue to do everything in its power to ensure security of supply, we appeal to all our customers and the nation to continue implementing electricity saving measures such as switching off air-conditioners, geysers and swimming pool pumps and all other non-essential appliances during peak times - which is eight to ten in the morning and seven to nine in the evening - to reduce the demand.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy and NamPower relies on your cooperation and support and pledges to keep you informed about developments regarding the situation.
Issued by the office of the Minister of Mines and Energy.