NamPower Pins Hopes on Neighbouring Utilities

NAMIBIAN Power utility, NamPower, is pursuing extension of Power Purchase Agreements with some neighbouring countries in a bid to subvert power outages.

The negotiations with South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are part of efforts to prevent shortages in the next three years when the Kudu Gas Power plant completes.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, NamPower Managing Director, Paulinus Shilamba, admitted that the country could be faced with a challenging power supply situation in the next few years but assured the nation that measures were being put in place to rectify the looming shortage.

ldquoNamPower continues to negotiate PPAs with neighbouring power utilities especially Eskom (South Africa), ZESCO (Zambia) and ZESA (Zimbabwe).

“Negotiations are at an aanced stage for the import of additional 100 megawatts from ZESCO, 100mw from EDM and 80mw from ZESA,rdquo said Shilamba.

ldquoAs previously reported NamPower concluded a due diligence study on the refurbishment of the Bulawayo and Harare coal fired power plants.

Results are promising and discussions have commenced with ZESA in this regard.

“Irrespective of what was reported in the media the current Zimbabwe deal has been a huge aantage for Namibia and I am confident that consumers would already have been load shed if we would not had this agreement,rdquo Shilamba added.

According to Shilamba, the company is also eager to engage independent power producers in the near future to avert possible power strains before the Kudu Power project is operational.

The power utility will require about N$7 billion in different projects in the next few years to avert a possible power challenge in the country.

Shilamba that engagements with partners in the Kudu Gas project were at an aanced stage.

Last month, the Ministry of Finance announced in the allocation of N$1.6 billion as part of the government’s contribution to the development of the Kudu Gas project.

Namibia imports 60 percent of its power needs from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia and is looking at getting imports from Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Southern African Development Community is also facing a dire power shortage making supply an issue especially to non-producing countries like Namibia.

Source : CAJ News Agency