The Namibian and Angolan governments intend to start the construction of the Baynes Hydroelectric Power Plant after 2022, after the financial close of the project has been concluded by the end of that year, Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) said on Sunday.
Moreover, the two governments aim for the commissioning of the hydro power plant to be done by the end of 2028 to the first quarter of 2029 as estimated.
MME executive director Simeon Negumbo said the 600-megawatt power plant was discussed in 2007 when the two governments agreed to carry out detailed feasibility studies for the possible development of the Baynes Hydro Power Project.
Negumbo said the project, which is expected to cost 1.2 billion U.S. dollars (about 22.6 billion Namibia dollars) based on the techno-economic study as at 2014, is depended on the final technical solution, among others.
The financial close of the project is only expected by the end of 2022, with construction to commence shortly thereafter, once the road access to the site has been completed, he said.
Additionally, the project is subject to the completion of the road access to site that is in a remote area. The road authorities in the two countries are currently busy with commissioning the requisite detailed studies for the roads to the site.
“We are busy with updating the environmental and techno-economic data, which will be validated by a panel of international experts, as in accordance with the internation requirements of certifying studies for large hydro dams. The updating of the data is expected to be finalised by June 2020, whereas the validation by the international panel of experts is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year,” Negumbo noted. Enditem