The plant will be the country’s second to convert seawater to freshwater after the N$3-billion Orano desalination plant at Wlotzkasbaken, constructed for the French uranium mining company Areva and commissioned a decade ago.

“The feasibility study for the construction of a new desalination plant has been completed and shows that an additional desalination plant is viable and needed,” Schlettwein said.

“A new plant will therefore be constructed by placing the project into a public-private partnership through which private capital is leveraged, private operational capacity is roped in, while NamWater remains the owner of the water.