NamPower to inaugurate N$741m substations

Chamwe Kaira

NamPower will on 6 October inaugurate its Kunene and Omatando substations, built at an estimated cost of N$741 million.

The power utility announced that the inauguration will take place at the Kunene substation 30km south of Ruacana.

For the 330 (400) kV Kunene and Omatando Substations line to commercially operate, the two

substations have been built at each end of the line, one at Kunene near Ruacana and another at Omatando near Ongwediva.

The inauguration follows the construction of the substations and the completion of the 400 kV line from the Kunene Substation site to the 400 kV Omatando Substation.

NamPower owns a transmission system and a network of 66 kV to 400 kV overhead lines spanning more than 11 690km.

The company has been continuously making investments to strengthen and maintain the national grid.

The NamPower Transmission Master Plan for the period 2021 to 2025 involves the construction of new transmission lines, new substations, and the upgrading of existing transmission infrastructure.

NamPower has stated that new infrastructure is required due to existing internal supply limitations to provide for future load growth, the integration of upcoming generation plants, and the possible wheeling of electric power through the transmission grid to the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) region.

In 2022, NamPower maintained a 99.82% system availability with no load shedding or system blackouts experienced during the year

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