Chinese firm chosen for Namibia’s Kudu power plant
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Namibia has picked China’s Shanghai Electric as the preferred bidder to build a $1.2-billion gas-fired power plant, the head of the country’s power utility said on Wednesday.
The Kudu project in south-western Namibia will pump gas from the Kudu field about 170 km offshore to a combined-cycle gas power plant.
The plant, which is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1 050 MW, will be connected to the Namibian and South African electricity grids for local and regional use.
Paulinus Shilamba, MD of NamPower, said Germany’s Siemens AG had been picked to supply generators and turbines.
A consortium of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Sumitomo and Posco Energy had been selected as a “reserve bidder” should negotiations with Shanghai Electric failed, Shilamba said.