Thursday, January 20, 2011

Me and Google no. 2

This is article reflects on an interview I had, in August 2001, with the Namibian Economist newspaper on partnership to in the Energy environment:

Premier Electric for smart partnerships

Premier Electric was established on 23 August 1999 by a cabinet resolution said its manager of commercial services, Mr Hylton Ferreira.
He explained that the company is a 100% subsidiary of NamPower founded with the objective of establishing distribution networks in Namibian towns, villages and communities. It is also charged with establishing and promoting the use of solar energy, especially in areas were grid electrification is not feasible due to excessively high costs. The company also supplies technical expertise for services and maintenance as well as operations of local electricity distributors, according to Mr Ferreira. He said that one of the most important functions of the company is to negotiate agreements with local authorities to operate and maintain distribution network systems within the jurisdictions of those authorities.

 Smart partnerships with all the local authorities have been called for by the government in order to establish self-sufficient and self sustaining electricity distributors all over Namibia, said Ferreira.
He pointed out that Premier Electric has already started fulfilling this mandate, highlighting examples like Oshakati Premier Electric and Otavi Electrical Company. In Oshakati this has lead to the provision of streetlights along a 5,5km stretch of the main road as well as the establishment of streetlights at three of the town’s major intersections. He also drew particular attention to the Oshakati Electrification Master Plan, which was launched on 16 August and is aimed at optimisation of the current network. When asked what the company’s relationship to Northern Electricity is, Mr Ferreira said that Premier is not against any Regional Electricity Distributor (RED). He pointed out that the company was established to assist government with the creation of REDs, adding that the direction given by government is aimed at creating a better business environment, ‘Therefore we will adapt our business to support these government objectives,” he added.

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