Namibia without electricity for two hours

18 Apr 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Most of Namibia suffered a power outage for about two hours on Monday.
The electricity supply was disconnected shortly after 13h00 and only came back on after 15h00.
A highly placed source at the national power utility (NamPower), who does not want to be named, told Nampa on Monday a technical breakage was experienced at the Omburu Solar PV Plant in the Omaruru District in Erongo Region.
“We are experiencing breakage at Omburu Solar PV Plant and our technical team are hard at work to fix the problem,” said the source.
However, rumours were rife that the South African power utility, Eskom, cut off electricity supply to Namibia due to unsettled bills by Namibia for five years.
Approach for comment, NamPower spokesperson Tangeni Kambangula told Nampa the company is aware of the power outage and would issue a statement during the course of the day.
The Omburu Power Plant is expected to deliver around 13.5 million kilowatts per hour of electricity to the surrounding area annually.
It was opened in May last year by the Namibian government, the French Embassy and NamPower as the country’s first utility-scale, ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant near Omaruru.
The 4,5 MW plant is expected to relieve the pressure on the national electricity grid.