Namibia - 400 kv interconnector project (electricity i project)

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Apr 1998
Signature Date 28 May 1998
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2002
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2002
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 3,654,062.15
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project is a priority project in the energy sector policy of the Government of Namibia. It also fits into the Bank Group’s strategy to promote stronger and sustainable economic growth in Namibia. The project will strengthen the electric network in Namibia, provide reliable and good quality electricity as well as increase supply to various economic sectors and households in both the urban and rural areas. The 400 kV interconnector will extend from RSA to Namibia to: (i) increase the capacity of the existing substation at Kokerboom, to supply new consumers in the Keetmanshoop town and agricultural and industrial loads around the substation; and (ii) supply the industrial and commercial loads in Windhoek and the mining loads. It will contribute to economic development through the establishment of new projects, especially in the mining sector, and hence, create greater employment. The project will augment the supply capability of the national grid, which is supplying 95% (1997) of the country’s electricity. It will have a positive distributional effect in the sense that it will also make electricity available to small-scale enterprises and in households in both the urban and rural areas through distribution of power by the municipalities and local governments.

Project Objectives

The objective of the sector is to provide adequate and reliable energy at least cost to the various economic sectors in Namibia to promote economic growth and improve the standard of living of the population. The project objective is to strengthen the electricity network of Namibia, in particular the interconnection with Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).


The project will connect new consumers and improve the reliability of supply to the existing household consumers. The availability of reliable electricity will promote the establishment of small and medium enterprises. The creation of such enterprises will create job opportunities for women. Thus, the project is likely to provide better economic opportunities for women.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
NamPower: the national power utility company of Namibia


IATI identifier 46002-P-NA-F00-004
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Namibia
Coordinates Location Name
-22 17 Namibia
-29 24 South Africa