Wind project to boost Namibia's energy infrastructure
24 January 2011
Energy infrastructure in Namibia is to be improved thanks to the development of a wind farm.
The 44MW wind power generation plant will be located at Diaz Point in Luderitz and will cost $150 million (£94 million) to build.
United Africa Group, Japanese-based Sojitz Corporation and Korea Midland Power are among the parties involved in the agreement.
As things stand, the nation has to rely on South Africa to get the majority of its electrical power, but this will change once the project has been completed.
Plans are also afoot to increase the generating capabilities of the site to 90MW at a future date.
It marks the first time a Japanese company has become involved in a scheme in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya is another country set to benefit from a wind farm, as Iberdrola Ingenieria and Gamesa are to build 16 wind turbines for a site at Ngong, which is 30km from the capital Nairobi.