Orano signs power deal with InnoSun

Solar power for desalination plant
Orano Mining will source additional solar power for its desalination plant from InnoSun.
Adam Hartman
Orano Mining Namibia announced that it will source additional solar power for its Erongo Desalination Plant under a ten-year power purchase agreement with InnoSun Energy Holdings.

The agreement includes the establishment of a 5MW solar plant at the Trekkopje Site just north east of Arandis, from where power will be supplied to the desalination plant, situated at the coast, 35 km north of Swakopmund. Under the agreement, InnoSun Energy will design, construct and operate the solar plant. Construction will start in the second half of 2022 and the plant is expected to be operational toward the end of 2023. “This will enable Orano to make the provision of water to the Erongo Region from a green electricity source more affordable in the long term, and contribute greatly to efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the Erongo Desalination Plant,” stated Orano Namibia’s media contact, Christine de Klerk.

Once commissioned, it is expected to reduce energy costs with the desalination process, and lower annual greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, which is equivalent to 9 722 tons of CO² equivalent emissions. The project is part of the Orano group policy aiming to lower its carbon footprint and increase the share of low-carbon electricity at its operating sites worldwide.

As a result of demand outstripping installed generation capacity, Namibia is a net importer of electricity from South Africa and the Southern African Power Pool. The Namibian government has committed itself to increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity production to 70% by 2030.

This will be the third solar power plant introduced into the Erongo region this year. On Friday (24 June) Nampower inaugurated its N$500 million 20MW Omburu Solar Power Plant near Omaruru, and in March, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nampower-Anirep’s N$300 million 20 MW Khan solar power plant took place at Usakos.

InnoSun is the Namibian subsidiary of the French independent energy producer InnoVent and has to date developed four solar farms and the first wind farm of Namibia, for a total of 25 MW.