In efforts to address power supply shortages, NamPower, Namibia’s power utility company has selected Netherlands-based company, Prysmian, to supply power cables worth between N$20 and N$25 million ($1.3 and $1.6 million) for the 132kV Hippo substation.
According to reports by The Namibian, NamPower said failure to secure power cables will impact the supply of electricity to the northern region of the country. “The solution to this problem has been delayed for more than two years now, so to get at least the supply, we need to commission,” said Chief Officer for Power Systems Development, Reiner Jagau.
With this being an emergency procurement, Jagau said that the utility had selected the Dutch company because of its ability to produce power cables which fall in-line with NamPower’s set requirements. Additionally, he said that this emergency was approved in advance however, the sets would take some months to complete with the first to be commissioned by April 2019.
According to reports, Namibia imports about 60 percent of its electricity supply to meet the country’s power demand.