Arandis Erongo power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Arandis Erongo power station was a proposed 250-megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant in Namibia. It was also proposed as a gas-fired plant.


The map below shows the location of Arandis, but not the exact location of the Arandis Erongo power station.

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In August 2012 national power utility NamPower pre-qualified "13 potential engineering, procurement and construction contractors" to build the proposed 150 - 300 MW Arandis Erongo power station, which the company hoped could be “fast-tracked” to begin commercial operation by 2016.[1] The Arandis Erongo power station is to be located near the proposed Walvis Bay coal export terminal, the Southern African Gateway Port.[2]

In July 2014 the potential construction bidders was lowered to six. The power station will be 250 MW, with a planned operation of mid-2016. It is unclear if the plant would be coal- or gas-fired.[3]

In April 2015 it was reported that Xaris Energy was the chosen bidder for a 250 MW gas-fired plant 12 km away from the Walvis Bay port. It is expected to reach commercial operations by August 2016.[4] The coal project is no longer mentioned and appears to have been cancelled.

Since 2015 there has not been an update on the proposed gas plant. The only fossil fuel plants built near Walvis Bay by NamPower have been internal combustion engine units.[5] The gas plant is presumed to also be cancelled now.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Namibia Power Corporation
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Arandis, Namibia
  • Coordinates: -22.416667, 14.966667 (approximate location)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (cancelled): 250 MW
    • Unit: Coal-fired, 250 MW
    • Unit: Gas-fired[6] gas turbines[6], 250 MW[4] (start-up in 2016)[4]

Articles and resources


  1. "NamPower moves to fast-track Erongo coal-fired project" Terence Creamer, Engineering News, August 14, 2012.
  2. Paul Baruya and John Kessels, "Coal prospects in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia," IEA Clean Coal Centre, Dec 2013. The report is available for purchase.
  3. "Scramble to develop power plant," Namibia Economist, July 18, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Namibia: Erongo Gas Power Station Operational By 2016," All Africa, April 15, 2015
  5. Project Fact Sheet: Anixas II Project, NamPower, Mar 19, 2021
  6. 6.0 6.1 Namibia building a gas-fired power station, African Mining Brief, Mar 9, 2016

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