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Angola, Namibia name U.K. firm to study 500-MW Baynes

Angola and Namibia's Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) has named ERM-Environmental Resources Management of the United Kingdom to perform an environmental impact assessment of the 500-MW Baynes hydroelectric project on the Kunene River.

PJTC issued a statement to the nations' media, saying ERM was named following a competitive tender and strict assessment of proposals. It said ERM already has assembled a technical team of environmental specialists.

The governments of Angola and Namibia signed an agreement in June 2008 to begin a feasibility study and the first phase of development on the Kunene (or Cunene), which forms Angola and Namibia's common border. (HNN 12/17/08) The studies, which are to require 18 months for completion, are expected to determine the final size and commissioning date of the Baynes project.

In 2006, Angola and Namibia, through the Permanent Joint Technical Commission, agreed on the appointment of the Kunene Consortium, a group of four Brazilian firms for a techno-economic study of Baynes at a cost of US$7 million funded by German development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW).

Consortium members include Brazil utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A., construction company Odebrecht, and engineer Engevix Engenharia.

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