Power supply remains a problem in Namibia due to technical fault in southern transmission lines

WINDHOEK: The power supply situation in the country remains severely constrained due to a technical fault on one of the southern African region’s transmission lines, NamPower said yesterday.

NamPower spokesperson Tangeni Kambangula said in a statement issued to Nampa that the systems of Namibia’s regional suppliers and transmission partners are under strain and as a result supply to Namibia is limited.

This has impacted the 80 Megawatts (MW) power supply that NamPower receives from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), she said.

Kambangula added that the situation has resulted in power deficits, mainly during evening peak hours.

She urged the nation to understand that, as has been stated on numerous occasions, imports are not always reliable due to transmission system constraints and the fact that the power has to be wheeled through neighbouring countries over vast distances.

Namibia relies on electricity supply from neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe and South Africa, with 80 per cent of electricity imported from Eskom in South Africa.

The spokesperson that while they continue to work on these initiatives to ensure security of supply, they appeal to all customers and the nation to continue implementing electricity saving measures such as switching off air-conditioners, geysers and swimming pool pumps and all other non-essential applications during peak times to reduce the demand.