Kunene-Omatando Substations inaugurated

Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, officially inaugurated the 190km overhead transmission line for Kunene-Omatando substation on Friday, which will serve as a connection point between Namibia and Angola.

Alweendo made the remarks during the inauguration of the Kunene-Omatando substation at Otjekua community in the Omusati Region on Friday.

According to the minister, the new 400 kV Kunene Substation and the 400kV Omatando Substation, along with the 190km inter-connector overhead

transmission line, will be beneficiary for the northern part of Namibia.

“This is a brighter future for Namibia and by extension for Southern Angola. These substations, the Kunene Substation, a mere 30km south of the Angola-Namibia border at the Ruacana Power Station, and the Omatando Substation in Ongwediva, are now seamlessly connected by a 190km overhead transmission line,” he said.

He added that this critical infrastructures provides a blueprint for the energy future.

Speaking at the same occassion, Nampower Managing Director, Kahenge Haulofu, said the Kunene Substation is a 400kV breaker-and-half switching station that will initially be operated at 330kV.

Haulofu added that as part of this project, they also constructed a new 400kV breaker-and-half extension at substation in Ongwediva.

“These 400kV breaker substations were constructed as a part of NamPower’s ambition to strengthen northern Namibia’s Transmission backbone,” he said.

He added that entire project, including the 400kV transmission line between Kunene and Omatando substations, is valued at over N.dollars 1 billion.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency