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Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Gasification Power Plant Inaugurated

Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Willem Isaacks, inaugurated the first bush-to-electricity power plant on Wednesday, September 22th, 2010. The Combating Bush Encroachment for Namibia's Development (CBEND), installed a 250-kilowatt wood gasification power plant, thereby establishing the country's first independent power producer. The plant, which is a European Union-funded project, was built on Farm Pierre, 90 kilometres north-west of Otjiwarongo in the Outjo District. It starts delivering its first stream of electricity into the main grid. Isaacks said at the ceremony that the project seeks to open new income-generating opportunities to the agriculture sector, which still formally and informally employs 50 percent of all Namibians. "The project introduces a new techno-logy to Namibia with a scope not only to support national electricity generation, but also address rural electrification." Isaacks said almost 80 percent of Namibia's rural population does not have access to electricity.

Source: Allafrica