According to the Namibia power corporation (NamPower), the power supply situation in the country remains severely strained.
The situation remains constrained due to a technical fault on one of the region’s transmission lines, which had an impact on the 80MW power supply that NamPower receives from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). NamPower spokesperson, Tangeni Kambangula said the systems of their regional suppliers and transmission partners are under strain and as a result supply to Namibia is limited hence the situation resulting in power supply deficits mainly during evening peak hours.
“It is important for 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. NamPower together with is line ministry, are working on fast tracking various short-term critical supply initiatives to supplement local generation capacity,” Kambangula said.
Kambangula appealed to NamPower’s customers and the nation at large to continue implementing electricity saving measures such as switching off air-conditioners, geysers, swimming pool pumps, and all other non-essential appliances during peak times – which is six to nine in the morning and six to nine in the evening - to reduce the demand while the power utility continues to work on initiatives to ensure security of supply.
“We pledge to keep all our customers and the public informed of any developments regarding the situation. NamPower relies on your cooperation and support,” Kambangula added.