NamPower says power supply under strain

21 Nov 2013 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) - NamPower has called on members of the public to use electricity sparingly as the national power supply is currently under strain.
The national power utility said in a media statement issued by NamPower spokesperson Monica Nashandi on Thursday South Africa’s power utility Eskom is currently under severe constraint due to the loss of additional generating units from their power stations and the extensive use of emergency reserves.
The situation has prompted Eskom to declare an emergency.
NamPower imports electricity from, amongst others, the South African power utility.
The statement said despite local and regional power supply challenges, NamPower has continued to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to the country.
“The situation Eskom is currently facing does however impact on guaranteed supply in terms of direct imports from Eskom,” Nashandi said.
Although NamPower is currently supplying the country through its local generation sources, in addition to imports, the prevailing drought situation has had a severe impact on the water flow of the Kunene River, resulting in the reduced output of the Ruacana Hydro Power Station – Namibia’s main electricity generation source.
“Given this situation, we wish to remind our customers and the nation at large that the electricity supply situation remains critical,” Nashandi stated.
She added that while NamPower continues to do everything in its power to ensure security of supply, they would like to appeal all their customers and the nation at large to continue implementing electricity saving measures such as switching off air-conditioners, geysers and swimming pool pumps and all other non-essential appliances.
Nashandi noted that the crucial times for measures to be considered are during peak times, which is from 08h00 to 10h00 and 18h00 to 21h00, to reduce the demand.