Windhoek, Namibia — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 04 July 2011 – State-run utility Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) is to build a new diesel-fired power plant at Walvis Bay, near the country’s uranium mines.

Revealing this in an e-mailed response to questions here, Namibia Power Corporation spokesman John Kaimu said the plant would probably cost around US$55 million and generate 22.5MW of electricity.

NamPower “’ based in the Namibian capital “’ is looking for a new site for a proposed 800MW coal-fired plant, after Walvis Bay, situated on the country’s coastline, rejected plans to build it near the port.

Namibia is Africa’s second-biggest producer of uranium. NamPower is investing US1.33 billion over five years to expand electricity generation capacity, according to the company. It currently imports about half of the power its uses.