Namibia’s Electricity Exports on the Rise – Agency

Namibia recorded an increase in the amount of electricity exported to other countries in June 2021, the country’s statistics agency said in a new report.

According to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) electricity sectoral report for June 2021, Namibia sold a total of 284, 881 MWh of electricity in the domestic economy in the month, a 4.2% month-on-month fall from the 297,400 MWh it sold in May 2021.

The report added that Namibia exported 9015 MWh of electricity in June 2021, an increase of 100MWh from the 8915MWh recorded in the preceding month.

However, domestic annual sales increased by 1.4% in the last 12 months, ending June. The rise in domestic sales arises from sales to redistributors to Large Power Users and mines.

“Export sales index posted a monthly increase of 1.1% in June 2021, compared to a reduction of 1.9% registered in May 2021. On an annual basis, the index went down by 3.7%. The monthly increase in electricity export was destined for South Africa, Rietfontein and Angola,” the report said.

Additionally, the electricity sales composite index for June declined by 4.1% on a monthly basis, compared to an increase of 4.3% in May 2021. The index grew by 1.8% compared year-on-year.

According to NSA, the electricity sources composite index composed of own generation (production) and imported electricity recorded a decline of 4.7% in June 2021 on a monthly basis, whereas, in May 2021, it registered a marginal increase of 0.2%.

The annual decline in the index is attributable to a reduction in own generation of electricity, whereas importation of electricity recorded an increase. Own generation of electricity declined by 32.5% monthly and 55.9% due to reduced generation from the Ruacana Power Station that went down.

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