The governments of Angola and Namibia signed an agreement June 24 to begin a feasibility study and the first phase of development of the 500-MW Baynes hydroelectric project on the Kunene River.
Namibia’s government-owned New Era said the signing took place at the end of the 21st Permanent Joint Technical Commisson on the Kunene (or Cunene) River Basin. The Kunene forms Angola and Namibia’s common border.
Namibia Mines and Energy Secretary Joseph Ita said the 18-month feasibility study will determine the size and commissioning date of the Baynes project.
In 2006, the two governments agreed on the appointment of a consortium of Brazilian firms for a techno-economic study of Baynes. (HNN 1/2/08) The Kunene Consortium is to conduct the feasibility study in three phases at a cost of US$7 million funded by German development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW).
Consortium members include Brazil utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A., construction company Odebrecht, and engineer Engevix Engenharia.
Adding consortium members.