Namibia starting to venture into solar energy and wind power

Namibia faces a potential energy deficit of 80 MW in 2012, and as this deficit is set to climb in the short-term, the government is working to reduce its dependence on imported energy.

On a more positive note, Namibia does have the ability to generate electricity from varied sources, including oil and gas-fired plants, hydroelectric facilities and it is starting to venture into solar power and wind energy. In order to reduce its self-sufficiency, Namibia is working on plans for the construction of a coal-fired power station, and in early 2012 NamPower is due to issue tenders for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Kudo gas-fired power station, the viability of which depends upon NamPower obtaining US$1.1bn in funding.

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BMI envisages Namibia’s net power consumption increasing from 4.28TWh in 2011 to 6.16TWh by 2016, signalling an annual average of 7.3% over the period. Underlying the growing demand for energy in Namibia will be a steady increase in GDP, together with the continued expansion of the country’s population. Following an increase in 2011 real GDP of 4.2%, BMI forecasts average annual growth of 4.7% between 2011 and 2021. Meanwhile, Namibia’s population is expected to rise from 2.3mn in 2011 to 2.5mn in 2016.