Statement by the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the power situation in Namibia

May 21, 2015, 8:54pm
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Statement by the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the power situation in Namibia

 
Power supply under strain- Please reduce electricity usage
 
The Minsitry of Mines and Energy wishes to inform the Namibian and investor public that Namibia is experiencing an interim power supply constraint as of this evening, Thursday 21 May 2015 due to transmission constraints. The shortage of power came about because of the following:
 
 
  • The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is facing a challenge to deliver the agreed 80MW due to a physical breakdown of a voltage transformer at one of their major substations.
  • In addition to the above challenge, the system of one of our regional suppliers and transmoission partners, Eskom is currently under severe constrain and as a result, it has withdrawn all power exports to its neighbours during evening peak hours.

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.