Nam taps into Moza gas power
Windhoek – Namibia’s power utility Nampower has started receiving 90MW from Aggreko’s gas power plant at Gigawatt Park in Mozambique.
Namibia is a net electricity importer.
The country has installed generation capacity of 570MW but is only able to generate 360MW at present.
Demand is projected to rise to 800MW by 2018 from around 534 MW currently.
Nampower MD Paulinus Shilamba told The Southern Times that supplies from Aggreko are routed via Mozambique’s national utility, EDM, and Eskom of South Africa.
“We started receiving power from Mozambique in June and the delivery has been very good. Aggreko is delivering 90MW for 16 hours every day excluding Saturdays and Sundays,” Shilamba said.
Aggreko’s supplies complement imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe, Shilamba said. Namibia imports 50MW from Zesco of Zambia and 150MW from Zimbabwe’s ZESA.
Shilamba said imports from South Africa were proving problematic.
“We have been getting very little supplies from Eskom, in fact we hardly get anything from Eskom during peak periods,” Shilamba said.
Nampower is fast-tracking construction of the US$1.2 billion 800MW Kudu gas-to-power plant.
Namibia seeks to generate electricity from its Kudu gas fields, situated about 200km from the southern town of Oranjemund, to build local generation capacity and reduce reliance on imports.
The national utility has revealed that 15 contractors have been short-listed to build the plant.
“The pre-qualification process has been completed and … Only one company will be selected from the list as the winner,” Shilamba said.
The tender selection process closes on October 19 and Nampower anticipates plant construction to start mid-next year.
The 15 shortlisted companies include four South Korean firms, and others from Switzerland, Germany, Japan, the US, Spain, China, the UAE, Canada/South Africa and Italy.
The Kudu plant will be at least 51 percent owned by Nampower, with other investors invited to take up the remaining shareholding.
Shilamba said Eskom and Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Company could take up a combined 30 percent equity in the plant and discussions on this matter were progressing.
Nampower has appointed Ernst & Young, Strategic International Advisory Ltd (SIAL), Lahmeyer International, DLA Piper (UK) LLP and ESB International to handle the search for strategic equity investors.