Bridging Namibia’s power supply gap
alvis Bay Power Plant is an innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to the immediate power supply constraints of Namibia, which imports up to 70% of its power. Once in operation, the plant will use regasified liquefied natural gas to generate 250 MW for the Erongo region and wider Namibia.
This infusion of energy is expected to avert a potential power crisis in the short term and bridge the gap in Namibia’s power supply until the planned Kudu power station comes on line. From then on, power from Walvis Bay Power Plant will be used when demand peaks or critical maintenance is undertaken.
The plant also has the potential to boost Namibia’s economic development and diversification by sparking off a whole new industry. Using the project’s gas storage and transportation infrastructure, natural gas could be supplied to independent power producers, factories, mines and households. Namibia would even be in the position to export natural gas to other SADC countries seeking to diversify their power supply.
The project is a true public-private partnership. Endorsed by the government of Namibia, the project brings together NamPower (Namibia’s power utility), Namport, (the port authority), and the Walvis Bay Municipality. The private sector partners include top African and international players with proven track records in energy project investment, development, equipment manufacturing, construction, management and operation. The project is being privately funded and over $30 million has already been invested.
Care is being taken to encourage local procurement and skills transfer, and to ensure that the project benefits a broad base of Namibians through trusts whose beneficiaries include war veterans and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.