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Nampower aims to build a second solar farm at Omburu

Nampower aims to build a second solar farm at Omburu

Niël Terblanché

THE Central Procurement Broad of Namibia (CPBN) has recently launched a call for the construction of a 20 MW solar photovoltaic power plant at Omburu in the Erongo region.

 

The call for expressions of interest has been launched on behalf of the Namibian National Power Company (NamPower). The call concerns the selection of a company to sign an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 20 MW photovoltaic solar power plant.

 

The construction of a second Omburu solar photovoltaic power plant will require an investment of N$500 million. This project is part of NamPower’s plan to produce 220 MW of electricity from renewable sources by 2022. To achieve this goal, the company will need to invest N$4.7 billion.

 

As part of this plan, Nampower also wants to establish solar projects in Gobabis and Rehoboth and is expected to invest N$400 million in these projects.

The purpose of NamPower’s investment plan is to reduce Namibia’s dependence on electricity imports as 60% of the electricity consumed in the country is supplied by neighbouring countries such as South Africa.

 

Omburu is located between the Erongo Mountains and the Omaruru River and the particular relief of the country side on sight makes it an exceptional locality for a second solar farm.

 

In this regard a solar power plant has already been built at the site by the German company Cronimet Mining Power Solutions. It was commissioned in 2015.

 

The existing plant is built on land that covers 16 hectares. It is composed of 33 000 solar panels and 100 inverters. The panels are mounted on 67 single-axis trackers that follow the sun’s movement from east to west. The equipment allows the solar power plant to supply 4.5 MW of electricity.

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