In order for the Namibia power utility, NamPower, it would take about N$330 million to fully rehabilitate the Van Eck power station just outside of Windhoek.
Rehabilitation work on all four units at the Van Eck Power Station commenced in 2012 in order to increase the reliability and efficiency of the power station.
NamPower Spokesperson, Tangeni Kambangula said this was to meet the power station’s original design output of 120 mega-watt (MW), with each unit capable of generating 30 MW for the next ten years.
Kambangula added that the Van Eck power station is now producing energy, contributing to the local generation capacity.
“NamPower is pleased to announce that the first unit at the Van Eck Power Station outside Windhoek, is contributing megawatts to the local generation capacity,” Kambangula added.
She said that the second unit is expected to return to service by mid-to-end June 2015 with all units to be running at full capacity by the end of the year.
She further reiterated that Namibia is currently facing serious power constraints due to a technical fault on one of the region’s transmission lines, citing that the power from Van Eck Power Station (the country’s first power station built in 1972) is a welcome relief.
“Despite the fact that Van Eck Power Station is contributing to the local generation capacity, there is still a shortfall of electricity because the 80MW power supply that NamPower receives from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply authority (ZESA) has not been restored yet. Also, the systems of our regional suppliers and transmission partners are under strain and as a result supply to Namibia is limited,” she said.
Moreover, Kambangula mentioned that NamPower will be running its “Power of Knowing” energy savings campaign in the electronic and print media starting today appealing to all residents to heed NamPower’s call to use electricity sparingly.
“We would also like to thank the nation for sharing the load with us while we are doing our utmost best to ensure security of supply under these difficult circumstances,” Kambangula noted.