Namibia: Power Outage Plunges Parts of Namibia Into Darkness

The power outage on Friday affected the central, central-northern and western areas of Namibia.

A statement issued by NamPower said the cause of the outage is yet to be determined.

The power failure started at 21h04 and electricity was restored in phases, with the electricity in Windhoek back on at around 23h00.

The statement said the Auas/Kokerboom 400 kilovolt (kV) line, one of the major transmission lines that feeds power to the central parts of Namibia, tripped.

The areas south of Mariental were not affected by the outage. The northern areas including the Zambezi Region, Otjiwarongo and surrounding areas and Outjo were also not affected by the outage as they are fed by a separate direct current link which runs from the Zambezi sub-station outside Katima Mulilo to the Gerus sub-station outside Otjiwarongo.

Last month, most of Namibia was left without electricity for 20 minutes when the Aries/Kokerboom line - Namibia's main route for electricity from South African power utility Eskom - tripped.

In April, most parts of the country also experienced a power outage for about two hours during the commissioning of generator two (one of four generators) at the Ruacana Power Station in the Kunene Region.

Source: The Namibian.