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Namibia has picked China’s Shanghai Electric as the preferred bidder to build a $1.2bn gas-fired power plant, the head of the country’s power utility said on Wednesday.

The Kudu project in south-western Namibia will pump gas from the Kudu field about 170km offshore to a combined cycle gas power plant.

The plant, which is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1,050MW, will be connected to the Namibian and South African electricity grids for local and regional use.

Paulinus Shilamba, managing director of NamPower, said in an email response to questions that Germany’s Siemens AG had been picked as the supplier of generators and turbines.

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