Electricity
Electricity Division is engaged in coordinating, planning, managing project financing and implementing national electricity programmes with emphasis on Rural Electrification Programme and Power generation Projects. It also monitors the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) restructuring through policy formulation and implementation.

Major Activities

Rural Electrification Programme

Rural electrification is part of the Government’s economic development policy to expand the electricity supply infrastructure to rural areas to improve the socio-economic conditions of Namibia citizens and to create the necessary incentives for economic development in the targeted areas.

Baynes HydroPower Project

  • The Consultants has recently finalised their study, which comprised of three phases. The Report on Phase 3, which is the detailed study of the selected site at Baynes, confirmed the viability of the prospect. The Final Techno-economic Study Report has subsequently been submitted to PJTC and was accepted. The Techno-Economic Study has shown that the project is financially and technically viable.

  • The Environmental and Social Study, the PJTC has also accepted the final ESHIA report. There are however certain aspects of the environmental study that have not yet been finalised and which should be completed as part of the next phase of the project. The two respective Ministers of Energy (Namibia & Angola) have agreed to proceed with the implementation of the Project

ESI Restructuring

  • The Namibian ESI is characterised by dominance of a government owned vertically integrated utility. NamPower is a monopoly in generation and transmission. The distribution sector is very fragmented with several players of varying competences. In 1997 the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) launched an in-depth investigation into the ESI. The objective was to make recommendations on possible future structures, which would enable the ESI to continue to be the engine for economic growth, development and prosperity in Namibia in an effectively and efficient way, and in line with the Energy Policy White Paper. So far 3 Regional Electricity Distribution Companies (REDs) have been established.