Namibia will be dependent on neighbours for power supply for the next five years, until the country’s power generation projects come on stream, says NamPower managing director Simson Haulofu .Due to low generation capacity in the country, Namibia imports about 60 percent of its electricity needs from other countries in the region, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.
The heavy reliance on power imports was further emphasized last month, when the state-owned power company signed a new R7.5 billion ($573 million) agreement with South Africa’s Eskom, for the supply of 200MW over the next five years.
“This deal came in handy at a time when we are also rolling out our own projects. This deal will give us ample time to focus on our own projects, while knowing that we won’t have blackouts,” Haulofu said on Tuesday.
NamPower also import 39 MW from Zambia and 80 MW from Zimbabwe. The country has been dragging its feet on projects such as the planned 800 MW Kudu Gas Power Stations and the 250 MW Xaris power plant, due to a lack of investors and boardroom squabbles.