City of Windhoek in Power Crunch
A new second electricity bulk supply point is to be built within Windhoek with N$72 million already secured from the National Planning Commission Development Budget according to a Windhoek Council meeting held last week. This project is in response to the City's looming energy deficit if the Van Eck distributor is not augmented soon. The City of Windhoek energy demand has grown significantly and continues to grow at a more accelerated rate due to residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout the capital.
The 36-month project is set to start this month and requires a total funding N$126 million. Councillor Moses Shiikwa in Municipal Council minutes instructed Council to consider that the second supply point not only cover the City of Windhoek's ten year electricity capacity requirement of 50 MVA, but also be designed in line with standard transmission planning for a 30 year horizon by including higher voltage (132kV) equipment once the expected demand has been exceeded. Councillor Shiikwa also suggested that the transmission station to be located north of Otjomuise Extension 10, be completed next year. Given the current electricity demand forecasts, the existing installed capacity at NamPower's single supply point to Windhoek, the 220/66kV Van Eck Transmission Substation, is expected to be surpassed before the year 2020.