Caprivi Power Line Closer to Reality
Aug 29, 2007 - The Namibian/All Africa Global
NAMIBIA'S power utility, NamPower, says it is ready
for the construction of the first phase of the N$3,21
billion Caprivi Link Interconnector Project.
The line will connect the electricity networks of
Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC), Mozambique and South Africa to create
an alternative route for power imports and exports
to and from neighbouring countries.
and Communications Manager, John Kaimu, announced
yesterday that the Board of Directors had approved
the N$3,21 billion budget for the project.
put the company in a position to award tenders, presently
under evaluation, for the construction of the line
and converter stations within the next few weeks.
This will be the first time the Caprivi electrical
network is connected to the rest of the Namibian power
The Caprivi Link Interconnector will be a 400-MW
bipolar scheme, upgradeable to 600 MW, and will comprise
a 970-km high voltage direct current (HVDC) bipolar
line that will connect the new converter stations
at the Zambezi transmission station, located near
Katima Mulilo, with the Gerus transmission station,
located between Otijiwarongo and Outjo.
stations at Gerus and Zambezi will convert conventional
AC power to DC and vice versa, depending on the required
"The phase one development will theoretically
allow a power flow of up to 300MW," Kaimu said.
decision followed shortly after NamPower had issued
N$500 million worth of 13-year corporate bonds.
N$500 million was oversubscribed and attracted N$820
million on 17 July 2007 with bids received from 18
different market participants, both from Namibia and
South Africa," he said.
These funds are primarily
earmarked for the construction of the Caprivi Link
NamPower aims to have the
power link up and running by 2009.
The project will
benefit South Africa too by providing an alternative
route to wheel power directly to the Western Cape,
which has suffered extensive power outages lately.