09 Jun 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) More than 300 households in Omaheke have been connected to the national power grid since 2009 as part of an agreement between the Omaheke Regional Council and Central Northern Regional Electricity Distribution company (CENORED).
Executive Manager for Corporate Services at CENORED, Ekonia Mudjanima told Nampa on Thursday 250 houses and 64 informal housing structures have benefited from the agreement over the past seven years.
CENORED is the third licensed regional electricity distribution company to be established in Namibia after the Northern Regional Electricity Distribution company (NORED) and Erongo RED in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
It distributes electricity to various towns and settlements in the Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions, but the Omaheke Regional Council approached CENORED to help with the operation and maintenance of its electrical grid in October 2009.
Mudjanima said the households that have benefited are in areas such as Otjinene; Epukiro; Talismanus; Lister; Drimiopsis; Omitara; Onderombapa; Chaka; Corridor 13; and Aminuis.
The company provides highly experienced technical staff, technology and equipment but the network assets remain the property of the regional council, he said.
Mudjanima also noted that increasing costs associated with maintenance of the electrical grid and the burden of settling higher tariffs from the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) is a burden for smaller towns and villages.
The REDs are actually a good thing especially for smaller towns and villages who are often subsidised by the bigger towns due to their inability to settle their NamPower bills.
He added that CENORED, in their individual capacity, proceeded to electrify over 64 informal housing structures in areas such as Buitepos, Talismanus and Blouberg.
This included the installation of four overhead 25 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) transformers and additional streetlights in Talismanus and Blouberg.
A 100-kVA transformer was also erected in Buitepos.
Mudjanima said the distances between several villages prove to be a big financial constraint as that doubles the costs when transformers and power cables are installed.