SORED to be operational this year

17 Mar 2017 10:40am
SWAKOMUND, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – The establishment of the Southern Electricity Distribution Company (SORED) is expected within the course of this year.
The company will distribute electricity in the southern regions of Hardap and //Kharas as well as parts of the Omaheke Region.
The Southern Electricity Company (SELCo) distributes power in Keetmanshoop and Karasburg in the //Kharas Region while other local authorities in that region by electricity in bulk from NamPower. Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) supplies electricity to some towns in Omaheke while others buy in bulk from the national electricity entity. Hardap municipalities and village councils also buy from NamPower.
Rojas Manyame, the general manager of regulations at the Electricity Control Board (ECB) told Nampa on Thursday that discussions are underway for the establishment of SORED by the local authorities, village councils and regional councils.
“There is therefore no chief executive officer or board of directors as yet,” he said.
Manyame said stakeholders in the electricity supply industry are becoming more cognisant of the importance of regional electricity distributors (REDs), hence the need to accelerate SORED's establishment.
“The next step will be the establishment of Central RED.”
If established, Central RED will distribute electricity to Windhoek and surrounding areas.
There are already Erongo RED, Cenored, and Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Nored).
Also giving a presentation on the ECB's focus for 2017 at the technical conference by the Association of Electricity Distribution Undertakings in Namibia at Swakopmund, Manyame said they will focus on improving the quality of services and supply of electricity together with the distributors.
He said another focus is to ensure that the country achieves 100 per cent supply of electricity generated at home. At the moment 60 per cent of the power is imported.
Manyame said ECB puts great emphasis on the maintenance of infrastructure by licence holders who distribute power.
This is so that consumers are able to receive electricity without any interruptions caused by dilapidated infrastructure.
His advice to distributors is that they should be proactive for them to survive the future.
He said the future will see more independent power producers and self-generating companies or individuals who might not need a service provider.
As such, licensed electricity distributors will lose business because these independent producers will desert them.
“So you need to find ways to ensure that such people will still work with you in the future.”
The two-day technical conference which started on Thursday, discussed various matters regarding power supply in the country.
It is attended by representatives from NamPower, Nored, Erongo RED, Siemens, Tank Industries, and United Kingdom-based EBM Electrical Services Ltd.