Africa’s first thermal solar plant to be constructed in Namibia

12 May 2014

Construction of Africa’s first thermal-solar power plant at Arandis in Namibia is set to commence before the end of this year. The total project cost is estimated at US$285.1m and will contribute about 26% of Namibia’s electricity requirement.

The solar power plant will combine thermal and solar energy to produce a 120MW ‘hybrid’, the first of its kind on the continent. The power station will take 22 months to construct and will have a new connection substation and a short power line that will both be donated to NamPower. The plant will consist of eight 15MW heavy fuel oil (HFO) engines weighing 358 tons each, with a “9th engine” solar park with a capacity of up to 50MW of photovoltaic solar panels.

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