15 October 2007 – A 30MW hydropower station on the Orange River may be built, says trade and industry minister, Mandisi Mpahlwa, in order to ease the current electricity supply constraints.

Namibia imports most of it’s power from South Africa, but load growth in South Africa has raised concerns about the security of the supply in both countries.

Last week, Eskom reduced supplies to neighbouring countries in order to meet demand in South Africa.

According to Immanuel Ngatjizeko, Namibia’s trade and industry minister, a 30-MW power plant would make a “serious impact” in the country’s ability to provide energy.

South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, and Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba have agreed the two governments must “do what needs to be done to address a serious shortage” of power.

“I think that on the basis of today’s discussion, the two governments have agreed that where potential has been identified the work should proceed for development purposes," Mpahlwa concluded.