AR eyes desalination plant

20 August 2020 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement has expressed its desire to purchase the Erongo desalination plant, said to be worth N$3.5 billion.

It said its desire to buy the plant was motivated by the slow pace at which the government has moved in terms of acquiring the plant.

“We are aware that Orano Mining Namibia shareholders have taken a decision to sell the Erongo desalination plant and as such, the plant has been in the market for a while. We are aware that government intimation of buying the plant has not come to naught (sic),” AR leader Job Amupanda said in a statement.

“It is for this reason that we, as citizens organised under the AR movement, have decided to present you with our firm proposal to engage Orano Mining. We are making an offer for us to buy 100% of your shareholding in the plant.”

According to Amupanda, if their offer were to be accepted, a legal and commercial team would be assigned to engage Orano Mining in order to draft a non-disclosure agreement that would pave the way for commercial engagement.

“We are looking forward to your response and to our fruitful future engagement,” Amupanda further wrote.

Regional council

AR joins the queue following a similar proposal by the Erongo regional council to purchase the plant in 2017.

The idea was mooted by the region’s former governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua.

Mutjavikua said in his State of the Region Address that the regional council through the Erongo Water Forum wanted to acquire the Erongo desalination plant, or erect another plant. According to him, the region's increasing need for water due to rapid industrialisation and population growth required stability.

Mutjavikua, however, did not elaborate on the terms involved in acquiring the plant at the time.

Orano previously told Namibian Sun that while the government may have expressed interest in purchasing the plant, it never made a formal offer.

This comes on the back of a recent report that talks have resumed for the purchase of the plant, believed to cost in the region of N$3.5 billion according to media reports.

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