Envisaged gas powered plant to bring power stability to Namibia

The development of a base-load 250MW gas power plant fuelled by Natural gas, set for the harbour town of Walvis Bay, will see Namibia reduce its reliance on electricity imports.


Project Manager for the Independent Power Producer firm, Xaris Energy, Tilana de Meillon said this on Monday following the decision by Namibia’s High Court to allow the firm to pursue the project and develop a power plant after a 16-month delay.

“If the plant is built and managed responsibly, it can last up to half a century or more and will assist in ensuring security of power supply and reduce Namibia’s dependency on electricity imports,” she added.

Namibia currently imports more than 70 percent of its power from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, with key power import contracts in jeopardy and escalating power problems in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

According to De Meillon, the technology used for the Xaris power plant is based on GE LM6000 aero derivative technology and the plant will be fuelled by Natural gas.

“The plant will be connected to the Namibian grid that links to the SAPP grid and therefore any excess energy produced by the plant can be sold to neighbouring countries,” she added.

Meanwhile, Xaris agrees fully with the High Court’s sentiments expressed through the judgment that the project is of crucial importance to the country.

Currently Xaris is performing a review analysis to confirm the outstanding matters to achieve financial close.

“The Xaris and NamPower’s respective project teams will meet soon to finalize the outstanding negotiations and aim to conclude the outstanding items in the Power Purchase Agreement,”she added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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