Angola, Namibia agree to develop 360-MW Baynes

The governments of Angola and Namibia have agreed to proceed with development of the 360-MW Baynes hydroelectric project on the Cunene River forming their common border.

Local media reported the agreement was among 11 pacts signed October 25 by officials during a visit to Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba by Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Pohamba said the Angolan-Namibian Joint Technical Commission should be encouraged to finalize the terms of reference for an environmental impact assessment of the project with a goal of building the project as soon as possible.

A consultant study of funding opportunities in the Southern Africa Power Pool region proposed in 2006 that the United States consider funding for Baynes in the long term. (HNN 11/24/06)

Dos Santos included among priority matters the rehabilitation of Gove Dam, which is to include addition of a 60-MW hydropower plant on the Cunene River. Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has been commissioned to perform the work at Gove under a US$158 million Angolan investment. (HNN 8/3/07)

�These are the great dossiers that we consider as of strategic importance and that shall probably deserve a greater level of attention as the resolution of other problems depends on them,� Dos Santos said as reported by official Angola Press.

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