NAMIBIA is to import additional power from Zambia to boost that country’s energy supply system,NamPower chief executive officer Paulimus Shilambaa has said.
Mr Shilamba said Namibia has applied for an additional 100 Mega Watts (MW) of power to be imported from Zambia through Zesco.
Nampower presently receives 50 MW of electricity daily
from Zesco and the firm is negotiating with the Zambian power utility firm to provide Namibia with more power to Namibia.
“We have requested for an additional 100 MW of electricity daily and
with the recent expansion of power stations in Zambia, it could be
possible for Zesco to sell us more power,” Mr Shilamba said in a
Negotiations over a possible fresh deal with Zesco had reached
at an advanced stage as NamPower was also negotiating for increased
power imports from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
About 45 per cent of the electricity consumed in Namibia is generated
locally, while 55 per cent is made up of imports from Mozambique,
South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Zesco exports electricity to some countries in the Southern Africa Power
Pool (SAPP) during off peak hours when most consumers require minimal
usage of energy.
Zambia’s electricity generation capacity lies between 1, 730 MW and
1,820 MW and exporting part of this energy, will earn the country an extra
US$2 million a month.