Namibia: Electricity production up in Q1 following rainfall

Issue 420 - 24 Jul 2020
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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