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    ... read more Date: 07 Apr 2020
  • Nampower warns of Procurement Scam

    ... read more Date: 12 Jul 2018
  • Power Outage in Windhoek and surrounding areas

    ... read more Date: 04 Jun 2018
  • Power Outage in Oshana and Ohangwena Regions

    ... read more Date: 21 Dec 2016
  • Media release - Power outage 28 June 2016

    ... read more Date: 28 Jun 2016

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  • Acting MD Communique Appointment of New Acting Managing Director

    ... read more Date: 16 Oct 2015
  • Power Outage in the Central, Northern and Coastal areas of the country

    ... read more Date: 08 Oct 2015
  • Power Supply Constraints - 21 March 2015

    ... read more Date: 22 May 2015
  • Managing Director Media Briefing - April 2015

    ... read more Date: 13 Apr 2015
  • Net Metering Connections

    ... read more Date: 09 Mar 2015
  • Progress of NamPower Projects

    ... read more Date: 09 Mar 2015
  • Usib Concentrator Photovoltaic Demonstration Plant

    ... read more Date: 09 Mar 2015
  • Recently, as part of an annual Surplus Sales Agreement NamPower has in place with both Eskom and the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), NamPower was in the fortunate position to assist the two utilities when much needed power was requested from them.

    ... read more Date: 22 Jan 2015

Van Eck Power Station

NamPower ( SWAWEK) actually started at VAN ECK POWER STATION. When it was built in the early seventies the first power was distributed from this Power Station and all distribution lines were connected to the 66 and 220 kV High Voltage Yards.
Van Eck is situated in the Northern Industrial area of Windhoek easy recognisable with it’s two 103 meters high smokestacks or chimneys. It’s 1 615 meters above sea level with an atmospheric pressure of 825 mbar. The first two Units were commissioned in 1972, the third in 1973 and the fourth in 1979. Van Eck was the first Power Station to implement the dry cooling method in Southern Africa (Fans forcing air through radiators cool the Steam.) There is only one more Power Station in Southern Africa that uses this method of cooling.
How does the power station work? Coal is fed into the Boiler by means of coal feeders which spray the coal onto the grate (Moving Floor) which moves forward at a set speed. The coal is then burnt in the boiler to produce heat to heat the water in the boiler tubes which in turn is fed in to the Turbine through two stages (High Pressure & Low Pressure) turning the turbine which in turn turns the Generator


Coal Fired Power Station 120 MW
Date Commissioned: 1972 Unit 1&2
1973 Unit 3
1979 Unit 4
Capacity: 4 x 30 MW
Generator Type: Brown Boveri Orsal
11.000 Volts
1852 Amp
50 Hz
3000 RPM
Boilers  1/2/3: Yarrow Africa
Boiler 4: Babcock & Wilcox
Coal Used per Mw/h Generated   650 kg
0.65 kg/kWh
Water Used per Mw/h Generated   290 ltrs
0.29 ltrs/kWh
Steam Generated per sec   37.79kg/sec
136.1 Tonnes/hr
Amount of steam needed to generate 1 Mw/h  4.533 Tonnes
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