17 Apr 2019 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) Namibia strives to achieve energy supply security through a mix of economically competitive and reliable sources, President Hage Geingob has said in his State of the Nation Address here on Wednesday.
Geingob said that emphasis is also placed on the development of its own generating capacity, based primarily on renewable sources.
To this end, the National Integrated Resource Plan, National Energy Policy and National Independent Power Producer Policy were developed.
He said during 2018, Government took on a number of activities to realise energy supply security which include the reviewed single buyer model to enable the distribution of power supply, generated by independent power producers (IPPs).
Another activity, he announced was the de-regulation of the Single Buyer Model which was approved by Cabinet, thus permitting IPPs to generate and distribute electricity to the end user.
The Head of State further highlighted that as at December 2018, Namibias electricity demand stood at 652 megawatts, excluding Skorpion Zinc mine.
The country increased local generating capacity from 400 megawatts in 2015, to 557 megawatts in 2018 - by NamPower and IPPs. In addition to locally generated power, we continue to import 318 megawatts from the Southern African Development Community Power Pool, he stressed.
Namibia generates 40 per cent of its own electricity demand from renewable sources, which contribute a total 189 megawatts to national supply. The unbundling of distribution are key reforms that have opened up the sector for investment, to the tune of N.dollars 3 billion, he went on to say.
He also pointed out that the rural electrification coverage has increased from approximately 18 per cent in 2015 to 20 per cent in 2018 and a total of 970 rural schools, health facilities and public institutions.
On the transport infrastructure, the Namibian leader said 819 kilometres tarred road have been added to the national road network while 373 kilometres of gravel roads were completed in the period under review.
Upgrading of the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriage road has commenced and the current phase is due for completion in 2019, he boasted.