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Hitachi Energy Helps Modernize Namibia’s Transmission Network

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Japanese Conglomerate Hitachi Energy is delivering a range of high-voltage equipment to hydropower construction firm Sinohydro Corporation Limited to enhance NamPower’s Kunene and Omatando substations in northern Namibia

In order to meet Namibia’s rising electricity demand, NamPower, the country’s bulk electricity supplier, is implementing the two substations as part of the utility’s Transmission Master Plan, with the support of Sinohydro. The project will strengthen and expand the country’s transmission network and ensure reliable power supply throughout Namibia.

The development of the Kunene and Omatando substations will significantly increase electricity supply and reliability to Oshakati, Ongwediva, Ondangwa and surrounding areas. Hitachi Energy collaborated with Sinohydro for the supply of a comprehensive range of reliable high-voltage products including circuit breakers, instrument transformers, surge arresters and disconnectors to NamPower.

“We are proud to be collaborating with Sinohydro and NamPower in this key infrastructure expansion project that will contribute towards addressing Namibia’s electricity supply challenges. As a leader in high-voltage technology, our well-proven solutions enable our customers and partners to achieve uninterrupted power supply while enhancing the safety, reliability and efficiency of power networks,” said Malvin Naicker, Managing Director for Hitachi Energy Southern Africa.

This cross-stakeholder collaboration is a solid commitment to bring solutions that advance national electrification in Namibia. In doing so, Hitachi Energy plays a critical role in transforming the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure.

“At NamPower, we strive to provide innovative electricity solutions in the South African Development Community (SADC) region. The Kunene and Omatando substation projects, which are in the implementation phase, form part of the NamPower Transmission Master Plan that is critical for improving energy reliability in the country. We are pleased to collaborate with Hitachi Energy on these projects that will help us achieve our goal of a more resilient power network in Namibia,” said Kahenge Haulofu, Managing Director of NamPower.

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Anine Kilian

Anine Kilian

Anine Kilian is the Managing Editor at Energy Capital & Power. She produces our Africa Energy Series reports, co-ordinates our range of Africa Energy Series Publications and is in charge of running and maintaining ECP’s news desk. She has worked as an editor and journalist in the energy industry for over ten years, with a major focus on Africa’s oil & gas and renewables sector.