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NamPower Says 287-km Power Line on Course

Staff Writer

NamPower says the construction of the power line from Dodarbis that links the Auas substation and Gerus substation in Otjiwarongo is on course.

The work on the 287-km long power line with a 400kV started in 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2023.

It is envisaged that the work will cost N$629, 801,144 to complete the power line.

“The line is a testament to NamPower’s ambition to deliver sustainable security of supply and a least-cost tariff path that will support economic growth and maintain the company’s financial sustainability.

‘Continuous investments are made to keep the national grid in a superior condition to ensure an efficient, reliable, and effective network with minimal disruptions,” the power company said.

The power line will pass over the Khomas and Otjozondjupa Regions. It will cross the B6 road west of the Hosea Kutako International airport, the B1 south of Otjiwarongo and the C38 between Otjiwarongo and Outjo.

NamPower appointed Power Line Africa through the Open International Bidding process conducted by the Central Procurement Board of Namibia.

In a statement Monday, Nam Power said they had completed debushing and clearing the route and that the foundation for the tower was almost completed.

“The construction of transmission towers is complete for 359 of the total of 566 towers on the line. At bends, self-supporting structures of 32m in height are used,” NamPower said.

According to the power utility, those driving from Okahandja to Otjiwarongo might have seen several structures erected between the Okakarara turn-off and Otjiwarongo.

NamPower also said the Covid-19 pandemic caused some problems with the manufacturing and delivery of the towers and conductor material.

The six-month delay caused by Covid-19, NamPower said, led to hyperinflation in commodity and oil markets.

To overcome the problems brought by Covid-19, NamPower said Power Line Africa resorted to the stringing process.

According to NamPower, Power Line Africa maintained an excellent safety record.

“The Namibian contractor, Power Line Africa, currently has an excess of 150 Namibians employed on the project,” NamPower further said.



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