Haddis Tilahun signs N$1.5b power deal

WINDHOEK—Prominent businessman and Hilton Hotel owner, Haddis Tilahun has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NamPower worth N$1.5billion through his company Diaz Wind Power.

Haddis Tilahun

As director of Diaz Wind Power, Tilahun, who is also the founder and Executive Director of conglomerate United Africa Group will now see to the building of a 44MW wind power generation plant near Luderitz for the off-take of electricity by NamPower from 2019 onwards. The wind plant is expected to deliver an energy output of more than 200 million kilowatt hours per year, which translates to supplying electricity to more than 10 000 households.

According to a statement released by Nampower, the two parties also signed two other agreements on the day, namely the Project Development Connection and Transfer Agreement (PDCTA), which makes provision for the building of the transmission infrastructure that will connect the wind generation plant to the NamPower transmission system, and the Transmission Agreement which makes provision for the use of the transmission system by Diaz.

The project will include all requisite civil, electrical and mechanical installation works at the site, the construction of the Diaz substation and a 27 km transmission line to NamPower’s 132 kV Namib substation, as well as upgrades to NamPower’s Kokerboom and Namib substations.