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Spanish bid winner in negotiations with Namibian utility

A Spanish wind turbine supplier is currently negotiating with Namibian utility Nampower for supply of a 3 MW wind plant, according to German aid organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). The unnamed company's bid was among seven responses to a request for proposals (RFP) by the Namibian energy ministry. Prior to the RFP, feasibility studies were completed in October 1999 for two wind stations at Lüderitz and Walvis bay. Only the Lüderitz site, with wind speeds of around 7.5 m/s, was considered viable. GTZ had advised a 20 MW project in the interests of economies of scale, but the Namibian organisations reduced the size, it says. The Namibian market is open to independent power producers and a clear procedure for bidders exists, says GTZ. New generation is encouraged to reduce dependence on imports from South Africa, even though these are cheap. The Lüderitz wind plant needs a 40% grant to be able to compete.

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