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Electrawinds NV, a Belgian privately owned company will soon roll out a € 120-million, 100MW wind energy plants in the coastal parts of Namibia, becoming the second privately owned firm to venture into this sector.

Electrawinds NV, which has submitted an application for a license to Namibia's energy regulator, Electricity Control Board (ECB), said it intends to initially set up two 50MW each wind farms in Luderitz and Walvis Bay. The electricity generated would be sold to national power utility, NamPower. In papers submitted to the ECB, Electrawinds NV said that it is willing to slash the price of electricity from around 8 € cents per kWh to between 4 and 6 € cents per kWh if it obtains carbon credits as a result of green energy. Electrawinds said that it would be using gearless wind turbines imported from Enercon Gmbh in Germany. The Ministry of Mines and Energy early this year awarded its first license to a privately owned company, Aeolus Power Generation Namibia to generate wind energy. Aeolus Power Generation, a 50-50 joint venture between Aeolus Association, a Dutch firm and Namibian firm, United Africa Group said it is rolling out a US$ 160 million wind electricity generation project. The firm is setting up wind turbines in Oranjemund and Luderitz and has a planned generation of 300MW yearly starting in October 2008. Namibia, a net importer of electricity, only generates 300MW.
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