Former NamPower Managing Director says Kudu gas-to-power project not viable

WINDHOEK: Former NamPower Managing Director Leake Hangala said the much- talked-about Kudu gas-to-power project is not viable.

He claimed during the one-day Namibian Energy Policy Forum in Windhoek today the project, is a waste of time and money, saying even those who are spearheading the project know very well that it is not viable.

Hangala explained that the project will not be viable due to the current situation whereby a lot of gas was discovered recently in Mozambique and Tanzania, adding that investors will opt to approach those countries.

He said the Kudu gas-to-power project also does not have an operator after the United Kingdom (UK)-based Tullow Oil withdrew its participation.

South Africa’s Eskom has also not indicated any interest in buying electricity through the project, he stated.

The Kudu gas-to-power project is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower).

He charged that those who are spearheading the project are ‘not telling the leaders the truth’, saying it is time for those who are spearheading the project to report the reality of it to the leaders.

WINDHOEK; Preparations for the Windhoek West Constituency by-elections are progressing well, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Returning Officer John Jantjies says.

The by-election is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

It was necessitated by the death of regional councillor Shikwetepo Haindongo in August 2014.

Haindongo, 61, died in the Medi-Park Hospital in Ongwediva after a short illness.

Jantjies told Nampa on enquiry today that 68 ECN officials will be dispatched to their respective polling stations today.

A total of 27 106 potential voters are expected to go to the polls to elect their new regional councillor.

Voting will be conducted at 13 fixed polling stations and eight mobile polling stations. These polling stations will open at 07h00, and close at 21h00.