An invitation for tenders for a wind project in Namibia has been issued by a department of the German economic co-operation ministry, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). Consulting companies are invited to offer bids to carry out a feasibility study and plan for a "multi-megawatt" grid parallel wind station. The GTZ Terna wind development programme is providing support for the scheme. Work has already been done on short listing possible sites in Lüderitz and Walvis Bay and investigating grid and grid connection prices in Namibia. The tender includes technical, economic, organisational and legal aspects and will be carried out for the Namibian department of energy in co-operation with the national power utility, Nampower, and the municipal administration of the towns of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay. The department of energy is administering the selection of potential financiers and operators of the wind station. Companies applying for the contract must be independent and be able to prove their competence to take on the project through a reference list of activities outside Europe over the last four years, says GTZ, based in Eschborn.