No load shedding during Harambeee: Kandjoze

27 Apr 2016 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) – Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze has promised that no load shedding will occur during the Harambee Prosperity Plan over the next four years.
Opening the two-day 2016 Mining Expo and Conference here on Wednesday under the theme 'The Namibian Mining Industry-Weathering the Storm', the minister said this promise is one of his performance indicators under the Performance Agreement he signed in October 2015.
“There will be no load shedding during the HPP period (2016/17 to 2019/2020); that is my key performance indicator to the president (Hage Geingob),” he said.
He assured members of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia that the country will have enough energy for their operations, considering that Namibia is importing about 60 per cent of its energy requirements from neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique through power purchasing agreements (PPPs).
Kandjoze reiterated the country's maximum demand expected for the coming winter is 630 MegaWatts (MW) without Skorpion Zinc mine’s demand that is being directly met by South African electricity utility, Eskom.
Of the total units required for the year, 4 015.9 GigaWatt hours, NamPower will be sourcing about 40 per cent from internal power plants such as the Ruacana hydro power plant (installed capacity 347 MW); Van Eck coal power station (installed capacity 80 MW); Anixas diesel power station (installed capacity 22.3 MW); and Omburu solar power plant (4.5 MW).
Meanwhile, Kandjoze once again apologised to the nation for the unfortunate two-hour blackout experienced in some parts of the country on 18 April 2016.
The minister issued a statement a day after the blackout, saying the power outage came about during the commissioning of Generator Two (one of four generators) at the Ruacana Power Station in the Kunene Region.
He said the commissioning process was aimed at connecting the second generator to the national grid and a fault occurred during the synchronisation process.