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N$100m for Erongo substations

Fri, 15 April 2016 16:56
by Rodney Pienaar
News Flash

Erongo Red plans to spend over N$114 million for the construction of substations in Walvisbay and Swakopmund as the power demand spikes with expanding industrial areas.
Speaking to The Villager this week, Erongo Red Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise revealed that the company has spent about N$85 million in the construction of the first phase of the 18 Primary road station in Walvisbay.
This project is in collaboration with Nampower whose finance contribution is still to be determined.
Erongo Red completed its portion of the project in February this year, while Nampower is expected to have completed its part by end of January next year.
“The demand for electricity grew significantly in the last 10 years and it was gradually exceeding supply as there was no major investment made on electrical infrastructure apart from the maintenance cost. Walvis Bay, being the industrial hub of the Erongo Region experiences rapid growth. It is for these and many other reasons that Erongo Red in partnership with Nampower saw it appropriate to upgrade the network of Walvis Bay”, Kahimise said.
The company is also planning on putting constructing a N$25 million dollar new Kuisebmond Primary Substation behind the Tutaleni settlement.
“The existing primary station for Kuisebmond is near its capacity limit, hence the need for a new primary substation to supply the new developments in the area”, he added.
This substation is expected to become operational in the 4th quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year.
The area in which the substation will be build is dedicated for the type of services as it will be part of a bigger residential development.
“From the municipality side that area is dedicated for residential development and as part of these services such as electricity infrastructures (such as Our Intake Station) are implicitly included. Our Intake stations are indoors so from the outside all you can see is a building, there are already similar set ups in the vicinity”, Erongo Red said.
 Erongo Red is also constructing a substation worth N$4.6 million in Swakopmund. The substation will be constructed in the Vineta suburb but will not be generating electricity it will only be a distribution station of +20 MVA. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September this year.
‘’The project is at an advanced stage as the switchgear have already been delivered and construction has commenced. Commissioning is envisaged to take place in the 4th quarter of the 2016/2017 financial year”, Kahimise said.