Namibia wants another look with Angola at Cunene River hydroelectric project

8 August 2006

Windhoek, Namibia, 08 Aug – Namibia and Angola have decided to re-examine the project to build a hydroelectric plant on the Cunene River shared by both countries, the African Echo website reported Tuesday.

According to the website, the chief technical adviser of Namibia’s NamPower utility, Reiner Jagau, said that the project, known as the Baynes Hydro Electricity Power Station, would be cofinanced by the state-held NamPower and by its Angolan counterpart.

Technical officials from the two countries also aim to study old data and new feasibility studies to be carried out. The plant’s capacity may eventually be different from what was originally conceived in the 1990s, when it was first discussed.

If the construction goes ahead, the dam’s eventual capacity should be more than the 360 Mw planned in the initial feasibility study, given the increasing demand for electric power, Jagau said.

The 1998 studies indicated that the plant would cost US$266 million, a figure which should rise significantly when the current feasibility studies are completed.

The Namibian government has already appointed a technical team for the project, headed by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Joseph Iita. (macauhub)