The state utility is finalising a MoU with South Africa-based Clarkson Power, which has already conducted most of the studies for the project. Under the deal, the companies would jointly develop mini-hydro plants along the Orange River.

NamPower has board approval to contribute N$7.2M (US$700,000) towards the cost of the feasibility study.

Separately, the utility has launched environmental and techno-economic feasibility studies for the Baynes hydro power scheme, which is a joint initiative of the governments of Namibia and Angola. The studies are expected to take about 18 months.

The project, on the Kunene river in Angola, was previously estimated to have a potential installed capacity of 360MW. The Angolan side of the development is being handled by power utility ENE.