July 1 (Bloomberg) -- Namibia Power Corp., the state-run utility, will build a diesel-fired plant at Walvis Bay, near the country’s uranium mines, John Kaimu, the company’s spokesman, said.
The plant will probably cost 375 million Namibian dollars ($55 million) and generate 22.5 megawatts of electricity, Kaimu said in an e-mailed response to questions today.
NamPower, based in Windhoek, the capital, is looking for a new site for a proposed 800 megawatt coal-fired plant after Walvis Bay, situated on the country’s coastline, rejected plans to build it near the city.
Namibia is Africa’s second-biggest producer of uranium. NamPower is investing 9 billion Namibian dollars over five years to expand electricity-generation capacity, according to the company. It currently imports about half of the power its uses.
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