Walvis Bay substation inaugurated

16 Oct 2016 10:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – NamPower on Friday inaugurated a new multi-million dollar substation at Walvis Bay to service the increasing amount of mining activities in the Erongo Region.
The N.dollars 597 million Walvis Bay substation connects the Anixas power station at the harbour town to the grid and also makes provision for possible future generation or possible refurbishment of the Paratus power station.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, NamPower Managing Director Simson Haulofu explained that the Walvis Bay substation is part of the west coast strengthening project which forms part of the power utility’s larger transmission expansion plans and was necessitated by the strong economic development in the Erongo region.
The substation boasts state-of-the-art technology and is the first of its kind in the region, he stated.
“Although we have implemented IEC 61850 substation communication protocols before at the new Gerus, Zambezi, Khan and Trekkopje substations, the implementation was only confined to the control room,” he said.
Haulofu explained that the useof the IEC 61850 communication standard for electrical substation automation systems at the new Walvis Bay substation has reduced the amount of copper cables as the signals are now transmitted via fibre technology.
He went on to say the national power utility faces many challenges, amongst others the country's reliance on imports of electricity, which average 60 per cent due to insufficiency generation capacity. It is also dealing with a need for new power generation plants and the expiry of the current Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with neighbouring power utilities.
Despite these challenges, Haulofu gave his assurance that NamPower remains focused on finding solutions and delivering on its mandate of providing secure and affordable electricity.
The inauguration was amongst others attended by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Cornelia Shilunga.