NamPower to electrify 1 000 households

Nine informal areas have been identified that are ready for electrification.

29 May 2020 | Energy

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



NamPower is set to electrify 1 000 households in Windhoek's peri-urban areas at a cost of N$15.5 million.

This was announced yesterday at the signing of a project development and transfer agreement on electrification in peri-urban areas with the City of Windhoek.

NamPower managing director Simson Kahenge Haulofu said the company is committed to improving the lives of communities living in peri-urban areas in and around Windhoek.

Nine informal areas have been identified that are ready for electrification.



Targeted areas

According to Haulofu, 100 households will be electrified in Babylon, 200 in Havana Extension 1, another 100 in Havana Extension 3 and 100 in Havana Proper.

In Okahandja Park, 100 households will be electrified, 100 in One Nation, another 100 in Ongulumbashe and 200 in Otjomuise extensions 6 and 7. The scope of work for the electrification of the households will include the construction of medium to low voltage networks, the installation of streetlights and individual household connections, including distribution boards and prepaid meters.

According to Haulofu, the energy ministry took note of the ever-growing number of peri-urban households in the country and a study conducted by the Electricity Control Board in 2015 identified more than 73 000 peri-urban housing structures within the boundaries of municipalities and towns.



73 000 households in darkness

The study also identified that most of those households did not benefit from any sort of rural electrification programme. The peri-urban areas in and around the City of Windhoek made up the majority of the more than 73 000 households.

Haulofu said that presented with this information, NamPower resolved to respond to this dilemma with a contribution to electrify 1 000 households in the peri-urban areas of Windhoek.

He said once completed, NamPower will hand over the electricity infrastructure assets to the City of Windhoek, as approved by the ministry of urban and rural development, under a deed of donation.

It is expected that the commissioning of the electrification project will take place at the end of August, if no delays are experienced during the coronavirus lockdown transition phases.