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Apr 21, 2011

Kudu gas-to-power project, Namibia

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Name and Location
Kudu gas-to-power project, near Oranjemund, Namibia.

Project Description
The project involves the development of the Kudu gasfield, located off Namibia. The gas produced from the field will be delivered to an 800 MW gas-powered station, 25 km outside Oranjemund, through a 170-km-long pipeline. The Kudu field is estimated to contain 1,3-trillion cubic feet of gas.

The Kudu gas-to-power plant will be based on combined-cycle gas-turbine technology and will be the first of its kind in Southern Africa. The technology involves the burning of natural gas and the driving of a turbine with the resulting hot combustion gases.

Subsequent phases may include an additional power plant, liquefied natural gas development or gas export options in regional markets.

Value
The project is estimated at $1-billion.

Duration
Sanctioning of the project is expected to take place during 2011, with first oil from the Kudu gasfield expected in 2014.

Client
Russia’s Gazprom International and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor), with a combined 54% stake, UK-based Tullow Oil, with a 31% interest, and Japan’s Itochu Corporation, with the remaining 15% stake.

Key Contracts and Suppliers
Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) (project developer).

Latest Developments
In August 2010, it was reported that intergovernmental talks between Russia, South Africa and Namibia had taken place in an effort to accelerate the building of the proposed Kudu power station. It is envisaged that, as the targeted buyer of the surplus electricity, South African State-owned power utility Eskom, will be involved in the power purchasing process.

Meanwhile, NamPower plans to solicit bids for the construction of the power station, as early as April 2011. The utility further reports that it is close to finalising a gas price agreement with the upstream consortium (Gazprom and Namcor), which controls the Kudu field, and expects to sign an agreement in September 2011.

Gazprom has been in talks to build the plant; however, the company will have to go up against other bidders.

On Budget and on Time?
The project has been delayed, owing to disagreements over commercial terms and technical difficulties in piping the gas.

Contact Details for Project Information
Gazprom International, +7 495 719 1077, fax +7 495 719 9008 or email pr@gazprom.ru.
Namcor, tel +264 61 204 5000, fax +264 61 204 5061/5030/5092 or email info@namcor.com.na.
Tullow Oil head of investor relations Chris Perry, tel +44 20 8996 1000, fax +44 20 8994 5332 or email ir@tullowoil.com.
NamPower, tel +264 61 205 2338, fax +264 61 205 9338 or email kudupower@nampower.com.na; or Kudu project leader Margaret van der Merwe, email Margaret.van.der.merwe@nampower.com.na.
 

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
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