Energy

Renewable energy initiatives drive greater independence

Renewable energy initiatives drive greater independence

Niël Terblanché Namibia is making substantial strides in its journey towards energy independence by focusing on renewable energy projects that aim to bridge the gap in electricity generation, especially in rural areas. Penda Ithindi, the Executive Director of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that harnessing Namibia's vast renewable resources is a credible game changer for the country. Currently, Namibia generates only about 45% of its total energy demand, relying heavily on electricity imports from neighbouring countries like South Africa and Zambia. According to Ithindi, this reliance on imported energy stresses the urgency of developing local renewable energy sources…
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Engen and Shell service stations to undergo divestiture

Engen and Shell service stations to undergo divestiture

Martin Endjala Following Vito Emerald Bidco (Pty) Ltd's acquisition of Engen Ltd, including its subsidiary Engen Namibia (Pty) Ltd ("Engen Namibia"), the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has mandated a major divestiture to ensure competitive market conditions. This decision is part of the conditions imposed on the acquisition, as outlined in Notice No. 805 of Government Gazette No. 8274, dated 12, 2023. The Competition Commission's conditions necessitate the divestiture and transfer of 58 Engen and Shell service stations, along with their retail supply agreements, on reasonable commercial terms. This move is designed to address concerns about the merged entity acquiring a…
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Hydrogen projects threaten Namibia’s biodiversity

Hydrogen projects threaten Namibia’s biodiversity

Niël Terblanché The Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) has issued a strong warning against a proposed "green" hydrogen project that threatens to transform one of Namibia's most significant biodiversity hotspots into an industrial site. Launched on International Biodiversity Day, the position paper underscores the severe environmental consequences of the project, which aims to produce hydrogen using renewable energy but at the cost of biodiversity loss. Chris Brown, CEO of the NCE, argued that hydrogen production at the expense of biodiversity should be termed “red hydrogen” rather than “green hydrogen.” “The term ‘green hydrogen’ refers to hydrogen produced using 100% renewable…
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AFD eye renewable energy battery projects

AFD eye renewable energy battery projects

CHAMWE KAIRA Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group of France is investigating the possibility of funding renewable energy battery storage projects in Namibia, Head of State Owned Enterprises, Ntumba Katabua disclosed in an interview. Battery energy storage systems operate by converting electricity from the grid or a power generation source (such as from solar or wind) into stored chemical energy. Katabua explained that the batteries could store power that could be used when there is no sunlight, for example at night. Katabua further said AFD looking at the possibility of supporting a prefeasibility study or feasibility study see whether there…
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Biomass industry has N$21 billion potential

Biomass industry has N$21 billion potential

CHAMWE KAIRA The Namibian biomass industry has a value chain potential of about N$21 billion, CEO of the Namibia Biomass Industry Group, Progress Kashandula said in an interview. He was speaking on the sidelines of a signing ceremony for the N$2,3 billion, 40 MW Otjikoto Biomass Power Project. Four local biomass companies will supply 180 000 tons per annum of wood chips in total for a combined annual contract value of N$188 million. Kashandula said the issue of wood harvesting is based on bush encroachment as a degrading factor to the agriculture sector, especially in terms that it being a…
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Dongfang seeking to construct hydrogen projects

Dongfang seeking to construct hydrogen projects

CHAMWE KAIRA Dongfang Electric of China has expressed interest in constructing and supplying equipment for the planned green hydrogen projects in the country. Xiong Chao, Deputy General Manager of M&E Division II, told Observer Money that most of its business is construction, manufacture and supply of equipment for energy projects such as hydrogen projects. “We are one of the biggest power equipment manufacturers, if there are some hydrogen projects, that are interested to work with us, we would be interested to work with them and partner on these hydrogen projects.” Chao said the company has worked on many hydrogen energy…
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Second Oil and Gas conference is set to unlock investment opportunities

Second Oil and Gas conference is set to unlock investment opportunities

Niël Terblanché Windhoek will host the second Namibia Oil and Gas Conference from 20 to 22 August . Co-hosted by the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB) and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), this event aims to provide a platform for the public and private sectors, entrepreneurs, and the general public to explore investment opportunities in the country’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. NIPDB Chief Executive Officer, Nangula Uaandja, said that the conference will focus on five key sectors, with particular attention to energy, mining, and agriculture. Uaandja highlighted the importance of inclusive conversations among industry players…
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NamPower set to launch N$2 billion biomass power plant

NamPower set to launch N$2 billion biomass power plant

Niël Terblanché NamPower is set to begin construction of a 40MW biomass power generation station at Otjikoto Substation near Tsumeb. With an estimated development cost exceeding N$2 billion, the project is another significant step in Namibia's efforts to enhance its energy security and utilize renewable resources. The Otjikoto Biomass Power Station, the first and largest of its kind in the country, will generate electricity through the combustion of wood chips sourced from encroacher bush that grows in the areas surrounding the envisaged plant. During a signing ceremony held in Windhoek last week, NamPower's Managing Director, Simson Haulofu, pointed to the…
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Mnyupe allays environmentalists’ fear of Green Hydrogen Project

Mnyupe allays environmentalists’ fear of Green Hydrogen Project

Niël Terblanché The Green Hydrogen Commissioner of the Namibia Green Hydrogen Programme, James Mnyupe, has assured that the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) will oversee the development of a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for the Southern Corridor Development Initiative (SCDI), which includes the TKNP. This comes after the call for an independent and transparent Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the green hydrogen sector in Namibia by the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE). This call was made on International Day for Biodiversity and directed at the Namibian and German governments as well as the European Union. International…
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Namibia renews biodiversity conservation amidst global challenges

Namibia renews biodiversity conservation amidst global challenges

Niël Terblanché Namibia reaffirmed its dedication to conserving biodiversity, highlighting the critical role it plays in sustaining ecosystems, providing food and medicine, and contributing to overall human well-being. During the celebration of International Biological Diversity Day in Lüderitz, Pohamba Shifeta, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism said that biodiversity conservation is not just an environmental issue but a foundational element for economic stability and cultural heritage. In his address, the minister pointed out that human activities such as deforestation, habitat destruction, pollution, and climate change pose unprecedented threats to biodiversity. "The loss of biodiversity has far-reaching consequences, impacting food…
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