Namibia is most probably one of the few countries in the region that has not been compelled to introduce load shedding in 2015.
Obeth Kandjoze told the media Monday in the capital Windhoek that the country has undertaken short-term energy projects that will cost 2.4 billion Namibian dollars (around 144 million U.S. dollars) between 2016 and 2019.
He said there is a renewable energy feed-in tariff project that will produce 70MW and a solar photovoltaic project that will produce 20MW. According to Kandjoze, these projects will be ready by Dec. 2017.
Kandjoze further said Namibia is working on a 44MW wind energy project expected to be complete by 2017 as well as a heavy fuel oil diesel project that will generate 120MW set to be commissioned in Aug. 2016.
Apart from these projects, the minister said, a further 490MW will still be imported from Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Currently, Kandjoze said Namibia needs 611MW and this will go up to 879MW by 2020. Enditem