Namibia’s electricity supply is stable with a possible reduction in imports on the horizon.
NamPower Managing Director Kahenge Haulofu told Eagle FM that the country only imported 46% of its energy demand from between January and September this year.
This is despite the fact that NamPower is a net importer of electricity and imports more than 50% of its energy.
Haulofu expects an improvement in the short term to reduce imports “while considering the impact on the tariff (cost) to the consumers”.
Namibia has no load shedding.
However, the imports vary from year to year depending on the performance of the Ruacana Power Station and the local hydropower plant as the generation of power depends on the available river flow.
Haulofu said Namibia imported from Eskom in South Africa, ZESCO in Zambia, Zimbabwe’s ZESA and from the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Physical Market.
The MD further said with current existing agreements, Namibia is able to meet its electricity demand.
“A number of electricity generation projects are at different stages of development to address self-sufficiency while balancing the energy trilemma (Security, Sustainability and Affordability),” Haulofu added.