Van Eck Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Van Eck Power Station is a 120 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the northern industrial area of Windhoek, Namibia.


The map below shows the location of the plant, in Windhoek, Khomas Region.

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The Van Eck power station is the only coal-fired power station in Namibia. It is a sub-critical plant and initially had no emission controls.[1] In 2014, it consumed approximately 570kg of coal per MWh of electricity generated.[2] As of 2021, it consumes approximately 650kg of coal per MWh of electricity generated.[3]

In 2017, NamPower rehabilitated the plant, reducing air emissions and extending the plant’s life by an estimated ten years. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency provided a US$400,000 grant for a feasibility study to determine the technical, economic, financial, and environmental benefits of the rehabilitation.[4][5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Namibia Power Corp Ltd
  • Parent company: NamPower
  • Location: Northern Industrial area, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
  • Coordinates: -22.5116258, 17.0786923 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 120 MW (4 x 30 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date: 1972 (Units 1-2), 1973 (Unit 3), 1979 (Unit 4)
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Articles and resources


  1. Paul Baruya and John Kessels, Coal Prospects in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre, December 2013, page 70.
  2. NamPower, "Van Eck Power Station", NamPower website, accessed April 2014.
  3. NamPower, "Van Eck Power Station", NamPower website, accessed June 2021.
  4. "Namibia - Country Commercial Guide," International Trade Administration, accessed June 2, 2021
  5. "Namibia: Keeping Pace Through Cleaner Coal," USTDA, accessed June 2, 2021

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