The development follows hot on the heels of the ground breaking ceremony of the OLC Arandis Solar Energy project, which took place in November last year. OLC Solar Energy Director and Chief Executive Officer of O&L Energy, Bernd Walbaum, said construction of the Tsumeb plant is expected to kick off towards middle of this year, while completion is earmarked for end of 2017. Co-director of OLC Solar Energy and Managing Director of Cronimet Power Solutions, Steffen Kammerer, said the second tender to be issued by a Namibian regional energy distributor, is further testament to the competitiveness of the company’s strategic joint venture.
Executive Chairman of the O&L Group, Sven Thieme, stressed environmental sustainability as critical in the future of Namibia, and expressed excitement in O&L Energy, and OLC Solar Energy’s endeavours in, and commitment to contributing to driving Namibia on a path of energy self-reliance.
“Appropriate policies and procedures have been developed to ensure that environmental impacts are determined, regulatory requirements are met, and suitable environmental practices are applied,” Thieme said.
“We believe that the protection of the environment and natural resources is critical in the future sustainability of our business and our country at large. Well done to OLC Solar Energy and our subsidiary O&L Energy in particular, and congratulations on taking O&L’s level of involvement in contributing to the dream of a Namibia reliant on its own energy resources to an even higher level.”
The 3MW Solar Power Plant at Arandis, a tender awarded to OLC Solar Energy by ErongoRED, is expected to be operational by May this year.
Construction started in January, which included earthworks, levelling the ground and putting up fences.
“The Arandis project is the first project as an Independent Power Producer (IPP) for O&L Energy specifically. We expect the plant to be completed and ready to run on time as scheduled, and I am happy to say we are on par with our outlined construction program.
“More solar plants can be expected from the OLC Solar Energy team within the next months,” Walbaum said