Namibia’s NamPower and Angola’s ENE to build 360 MW hydroelectric dam in Cunene, Angola

13 July 2006

Windhoek, Namibia, 13 July – Namibian power company NamPower and Angola’s ENE plan to work together to build a hydroelectric dam on the Cunene river in south Angola, with a generation capacity of 360 megawatts, NamPower’s chairman said.

Total investment is of US$184.8 million, or a third more than in 2005.

Speaking to Namibian daily newspaper, New Era, nampower chairman, Paulinus Shilamba, said that the construction of the Baynes hydroelectric dam in Epupa, was due to begin soon, following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two governments.

“We expect to generate 360 megawatts in the Baynes project to be built on the Cunene River in Angola. We are confident that this project will deal with the power problems faced by the country,” Shilamba told the Namibian daily.

Shilamba said that between July 27 and 30 a Namibian delegation made up of experts from NamPower, NamWater and the director of the Ministry of Mines and Power, would travel to Angola.

As well as negotiation of the Baynes project, the delegation is scheduled to discuss a regulatory agreement on water supply to the North of Namibia via Angola’s Give and Caleque reservoirs, both of which are located in Cunene province.

The timeline for conclusion of the Baynes project is eight to ten years, and the governments of the two countries will be involved in financing the project.

Currently Namibia imports power from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe in order to meet its domestic needs. (macauhub)