Shanghai Electric from China has been chosen by the Namibian Government as the preferred company to build a new USD $1.2bn gas-fired power plant in the country.
Upon completion of the power plant, it is expected that there will be a production capacity of up to 1050MW and it will be connected to the South African and Namibian electricity grid for use in the region and locally.
The project which is in Kudu, South Western Namibia will pump gas from the Kudu field a distance of 170km offshore. The new gas-fired power plant is a combined cycle type.
According to the MD of NamPower in Namibia Paulinus Shalimba, turbines and generators to the project will be supplied by the German Company Siemens AG.
The company had also reserved places for Posco Energy and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Sumitomo, just in case negotiations with Shanghai Electric, in relation to the new gas-fired power plant, failed.
Being one of the world’s top producers of Uranium, the Namibian government has been working on different projects to help boost supply of electricity in the country. The current supply capacity of electricity is 507MW, yet the demand is 534MW. By 2018, demand in the country is expected to go up by 800MW.