Namibia exporting power to South Africa

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 20, 2015

Embattled national energy supplier, Eskom, is reportedly receiving electricity from Namibian power utility, NamPower, after announcing last week that it could no longer guarantee a steady flow of power due to a backlog in maintenance and outdated equipment.

“We are currently exporting up to 200MW of electricity to South Africa,” NamPower Senior Manager for energy, Werner Graupe, is quoted as saying.

“The electricity comes from our Ruacana hydropower plant on the Kunene River bordering Angola. Due to the good rains experienced in the area, particularly southern Angola, the Kunene River flows strongly, sometimes at 300 cubic metres per second, driving the turbines at the power plant, and we can export up to 200MW off-peak,” he said.

 

CAPTION: Ruacana Hydropower Plant in 2007. IMAGE sourced from www.kunenerak.org

 

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