Kudu Power project gaining momentum

22 Jul 2013 11:10
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – Fifteen international companies and consortia have been shortlisted by the NamPower Board of Directors to participate in the Engineering, Procurement and Construct (EPC) tender for the design, supply, manufacture, delivery, erection, test and commissioning of the 800 Mega Watts Kudu Gas Power station.
The long-awaited Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Kudu Power Station to be built near Oranjemund in the south-western part of Namibia, will be constructed at the tune of N.dollars 13,8 billion.
The pre-qualification bid for the EPC closed on 17 June 2013.
NamPower said in a statement issued here on Monday it received 45 bids for the pre-qualification tender, but only 15 intentional and consortia were shortlisted.
The 15 candidates which complied with the qualification criteria and advanced to the full EPC tender are GS Engineering & Construction (Korea), IBERDROLA Engineering & Construction (Spain/South Africa), POSCO Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd (Korea), Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd (HDEC) (Korea), Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios International (Spain), Sumitomo Corporation & Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), Technicas Reunidas SA (Spain), Ansaldo Energia S.P.A (Italy), Siemens AG (Germany), General Electric Company (GE) (USA), Alstom (Switzerland) Ltd, Shanghai Electric Group Co. Ltd (China), Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd (Korea), SNC-Lavalin & General Electric (Canada/South Africa), and Shaw Power International Inc. United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The turnkey EPC tender documents were issued to the short-listed companies/consortia last Friday, and the tender closes on 19 October 2013.
NamPower has encouraged the local sub-contractors and providers of various goods and services to contact the pre-qualified EPC contractors directly to market their services and products.
The Kudu Gas power station is expected to be up and running by 2017, potentially making Namibia a net exporter, rather than an importer of electricity.
Currently, Namibia imports more than 50 per cent of electricity from neighbouring countries.
NamPower's Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba was earlier quoted as saying that the company set to construct the power station will have a 49 per cent share, while NamPower will own 51 per cent.
Shilamba said skills to construct the gas power station are not present in Namibia, so these skills will definitely be outsourced from outside the country through a tendering process.
The company which will win the tender will design, manufacture, procure the equipment, construct and commission the power station, and give NamPower a ready power station.
“We want to finish all the agreements and by June next year, the construction of the Kudu Gas power station will commence,” he was quoted as saying, adding that Namibia will thus be a net exporter of electricity for the first time in history, and the region will depend on Namibia.
The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Pty) Ltd (Namcor) currently has a 54 per cent equity interest in Production Licence 003 which houses the Kudu Gas Field, while partners Tullow Kudu Limited and CIECO Namibia, a special purpose venture, have 31 per cent and 15 per cent interests, respectively.
The national power utility will be the sole buyer of electricity from Kudu Power, and will enter into power export agreements for the sale of electricity which will be surplus to Namibian requirements.