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Namibia: Belgian firm aims to build another 100-MW wind farm

Privately owned Belgian company Electrawinds is planning €120-million worth of 100-MW wind energy plants along the Namibian coast, becoming the second privately owned firm to venture into wind energy in Namibia.
Electrawinds, which has submitted an application for a licence to Namibia’s energy regulator, the Electricity Control Board (ECB), says it intends to initially set up two wind farms of 50 MW each in Luderitz and Walvis Bay.

The electricity generated will be sold to national power utility Nam-Power.

In its application to the ECB, Electrawinds says it is willing to slash the price of electricity from about €0,08/kWh to between €0,04/kWh and €0,06/kW, if it obtains carbon credits as a result of green energy.

Electrawinds says that it will be using gearless wind turbines imported from Enercon, of Germany.

“Enercon’s superiority in the field of wind turbine production has long been recognised and, as a corollary, has come at a much steeper price than any other turbines on the market.”

Electricity-starved Namibia has opened up its energy sector to private investors. Apart from Electrawinds, the ECB is also reviewing applications from Binvis Investment, which has expressed an interest in setting up a 35-MW coal-fired power station in Walvis Bay.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy early this year awarded its first licence to privately owned company Aeolus Power Generation Namibia for wind energy generation.

Aeolus Power Generation, a 50:50 joint venture between Aeolus of the Netherlands, and Namibia’s United Africa Group, says it is to roll out a US$160-million wind electricity generation project.

The firm is setting up wind turbines in Oranjemund and Luderitz.

Additional information: Read more at Engineering News
News date: 28/09/2007

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