Kandjoze recognizes challenges in mining sector, lauds Green Building in Swakopmund

Looking back at the past financial year the Ministry of Mines and Energy was faced with various challenges in the Erongo region. Despite, there were some positive developments. This was said by Minister Obeth Kandjoze when he presented his budget speech for the financial year 2017/18 in the National Assembly recently.
While Kandjoze reviewed the past financial year he mentioned on a positive note of the first yellow cake that was produced at the Husab uranium mine towards the end of 2016.
“Having said that, the uranium sector still experiences profound market challenges. These challenges resulted in for example the Langer Heinrich Mine curtailing mining operations as well as retrenching a part of its workforce,” said the Minister.
Kandjoze hailed the completion of the Ministry of Mines and Energy’s Green Building in Swakopmund and described it as one of the highlights of the past financial year.
The purpose of this newly completed building is to bring our services closer to the people. “The initiative of the Green Building is to encourage other institutions to similarly invest in sustainable energy solutions”, he said.
According to the minister the building contains several sustainable features, ranging from solar panels to wind turbines, harnessing the sun and wind to produce its own energy. Excess energy is relayed into the electricity grid.
“In addition, the building is harvesting water to be used for gardening and other functions where the water is not used for human consumption.
The Green Building is located between the new office of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Office of the President. It is centrally located on the doorstep of most of Swakopmund’s suburbs.
The building was completed more than a year ago, but the official opening is yet to take place.
Speaking about income generated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in the past financial year, Kandjoze remarked N$25 billion came from export levies on mined materials, whilst N$1.4 billion was collected in mining royalties. “That despite the cyclical nature of the minerals industry and some declining commodity prices, coupled with increasing market volatility,” he said.
During his speech Kandjoze also presented a budget, amounting to N$207.9 million for the new financial year.
A significant amount of this has been earmarked to improve energy supply in the country (N$61.6 million) as well as studies understanding the countries geological resources better (N$52.4 million).
Kandjoze noted that the Kudu Gas to Power and the Baynes Hydro Power projects still remain strategic future projects for the country to contribute towards achieving security of electricity supply.
Currently Namibia is importing about 200 Mega watt from ESKOM (South Africa), 39 Megawatt from ZESCO (Zambia) and 80 Megawatt from ZPC (Zimbabwe).
“Recently Namcor and BW Offshore concluded a partnership for the development of the Kudu Gas Field. Commercial agreements will be finalized by the end of 2017,” He said. Additionally he said that the Namibian and Angolan governments are committed to finalize projec preparations for the development of the Baynes Hydro Power project.

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