Electricity production increased substantially in Q1 after good rainfall allowed increased output from the 347MW Ruacana hydropower plant, according to the Bank of Namibia quarterly bulletin. Production was 81.9% higher than in Q1 2019 at 778.2GWh and 181% higher than in Q4 2019. The improved output at Ruacana as well as a year-on-year 5.9% drop in electricity sales meant that electricity imports fell by 31.8% compared with Q4 2019 and 19.7% year on year. The Bank of Namibia said reduced sales were mostly due to lower demand from mining and agriculture.
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