Construction works has commenced on the Construction of Auas-Gerus transmission line project in Namibia. The country’s power utility, NamPower made the announcement and said the project is critical in ensuring that it keeps pace with the country’s evolving electricity needs.
The Auas-Gerus transmission line project is expected to cover more than 800km, and will form part of NamPower’s grid lines stretching across Namibia. NamPower intends to build a 400 kV transmission line from Kokerboom substation near Keetmanshoop to Auas substation near Dordabis.
The route of the line will pass through the districts of Homas and Otjozondzhupa. The alignment of the line is expected to cross the B6 road to the west of Hosea Kutako International Airport, as well as the B1 south of Otjiwarongo and the C38 between Otjiwarongo and Outjo.
Power Line Africa was awarded the US $40.3M tender to design and construct the project, with the expected completion date set for November 2022. The company will be using primarily the lightweight cross-rope suspension tower with the conductors in a compact delta configuration in the construction.
NamPower spokesman Tangeni Kambangula said the power line would help the company ensure a sustainable power supply and a lower tariff plan that will support economic growth and maintain the company’s financial sustainability.
“This line will allow the utility to serve more customers through access to its existing independent electricity producers and prospective solar, wind, biomass, hydro among and other generation plants, thereby enhancing accessibility to clean energy in the country,” said Kambangula.
“The tower to be used, uses less steel and blends into the surroundings with the aim to minimise environmental impact, as well as reduce pollution,” Kambangula explained.