HomeIndustry SectorsGenerationPower ship: potential short-term energy solution for Namibia

Power ship: potential short-term energy solution for Namibia

Karadeniz power ship
Karadeniz power ship has approached NamPower proposing to provide 120MW of temporary power

Turkish-based energy solutions company Karadeniz Energy Group, has put forward a proposal to Namibia’s state-owned utility NamPower. The proposal sets out to use a power ship to provide 120MW of temporary power.

Karadeniz’s proposal follows NamPower’s request in December 2015 asking for short-term energy solutions while seeking long-term solutions, reports the New Era.

Power ship – temporary power station

In efforts to overcome the country’s energy shortfall, the ministry of mines and energy issued a tender last year to contract the temporary provision of up to 120MW of electricity.

NamPower plans to connect at least two temporary power stations to the national grid.

During Karadeniz’s presentation in Walvis Bay last week Thursday, the emergency power provider highlighted that although the electricity would be efficient, it will be costly too.

However, the power firm also highlighted that the method would afford Namibia enough time to organise a permanent solution.

According to the New Era, it is aniticipated that the temporary generation facilities might be required for the next five years.

The tenderers will be expected to provide, install, commission, operate, maintain, as well as decommission and remove short-term generation equipment when it has served its purpose.

Power ship – a floating viable solution

Currently, Ghana is successfully using this method as a client of Karadeniz, including Iraq and Lebanon, but for Namibia, environmental assessments will still need to be conducted for the identified locations.

Simon Charter of SLR Environmental Consulting Namibia said that power ships have been supplying close to 15% of Iraq’s power, 25% of Lebanon’s total energy requirement and close to 22% of Ghana’s total electricity generation.

The possible locations in Namibia have been identified as Wlotzkasbaken or at Walvis Bay, however Charter highlighted: “…these are currently just suggestions as we still have to do an environmental study, hence we are having this series of public meetings to get our stakeholders involved.

“Several more meeting[s] are scheduled to understand the overview of the proposed project, discuss potential environmental impacts, as well as to get the public’s input into the EIA (environmental impact assessment) process.”

He added that prior to the commencement of the proposed activities, an application would be submitted to the Ministry of Environmental and Tourism and a social and environmental impact assessment (SEIA) process conducted in terms of the Environmental Management Act of 2007.

Although some job opportunities will be created for Namibians, the Turkish firm will conduct the operation and maintenance of the ship.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.