3000 Year-Old Large Underground Aquifer, Medicinal Herbs, Natural Gas, Oil, and Coal in Southern Namibia?

More than 3,000 years ago, where Mariental is now located, and all the way including Tses, all that veld area could once used to be a huge river with massive water, and possibly that water has now become a massive underground aquifer, possibly with more enough water for drinking, agricultural or commercial use to last hundreds of years.

My first trip to Tses in March 2012 for the discovery and establishment of Tses Glass, as we were driving with our friends from Nissi Group, I was explaining to them how unique the landscape between Mariental and Tses looks. On the left side of B1 (south bound), has this unique but distinct feature of a cut-off water, and you can clearly see where the water once reached by looking at the edge of the current land, how the water waves had curled through the upper part of the outer land, to cause the current unique isotope level of water waves as they hit the land.

And when you look at the right side of B1 (south bound), you can clearly see the plain of water, how the water once congregated the whole area, which has now become a large veld, but whatever that water was or still is, it may contain some form of chemicals or simply caused the soil not to be suitable for growing bigger trees any more, and that perhaps for the past 3,000 years, no trees have been able to grow in that area, except some isolated shrubs and grass currently in the area.

Therefore, I won’t be surprised if there’s a load of coal, natural gas, or oil in that veld area between Mariental all the way passing Tses, especially on the banks of the Fish River.

But only a comprehensive and detailed scientific study could prove my stated hypothesis wrong. It will be good to have a team of international scientists to check this out.

Namibia is richly and infinitely endowed with diverse mineral resources for the well-being of the Namibian people, as well as some awesome herbs that could be used for medicinal purpose to possibly cure some of today’s most common diseases and illness around the world.

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Why is My Current Trip to North America and Europe an Urgent Matter?

The following is an update report for our Groot ecosystem development in Namibia.

I arrived in the US on Wednesday this week, but next week Wednesday, I will fly to Denmark before I return to Namibia by next weekend.

The purpose for my trip this time to the US and Denmark is to meet with engineers for the development of our 900 MW Gas Power Plant (Groot Power Plant).

Why is it urgent for the development of this mega Power Plant project in Namibia? I will explain this far below later.

What we are doing now at Groot Property Group is that we are busy registering a new company, that will be called “Groot Power Plant (Pty) Ltd”. This is the company that will develop and operate the Groot Power Plant project. In this new company, we (Groot Property Group (Pty) Ltd), will not be the majority shareholder; in fact, we want and plan to give 15% of equity in this new company to NamPower, 15% of equity to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, 15% of equity to another Namibian government-owned entity, and 10% to a Namibia based and Namibia owned private company, which we have not yet identified, but only the one that wants to partner and work with us for this power project development.

We will only own 30% of equity of Groot Power Plant (Pty) Ltd, and the other 15% of equity will be reserved for a financing partner, which may be Standard Bank which has indicated an interest in this Power Plant or any other investment entities which may be interested in being part of the development of this urgently needed power plant.

We are doing this because we want this Groot Power Plant to be a Namibia majority-owned entity to provide a safer, reliable, environmental friendly (no or less emission of CO2), cleaner, adequate, and cost effective electricity generation solution for Namibia.

This is a US$1.2 billion development project and we envision it to be completed and be operational by the end of 2014 so that starting 2015, Namibia will no longer in need of importing electricity from its neighboring countries.

Hence my current trip to the US and Denmark, is to meet with engineers; the company that will actually do the work; plan, develop, design, and construct this Power Plant is from Denmark, not an American based company. Only Robbie Jena, our Chief Strategist and Architect of our Groot ecosystem, who by the way was born in India but like me, has studied and makes the US his current home, is the brain behind this mega Power plant. He’s specialist in power plant systems development and high critical engineering and technology solutions. Robbie is accredited for architecting the Chinese economy, it’s him who taught the Chinese critical manufacturing and engineering conceptualizations in the early 1980s which after they have implemented his solutions, China has been growing a double digit, making it the world’s largest economy by 2016. And we are honored to have Robbie as part of our team at Groot Property Group.

Furthermore, because this is a natural gas diesel fired power generation station, it needs high level technology and equipment that will come from the US, China, Germany and Japan in order to make it the best performing and more efficient power generation station in Namibia.

Why the urgency need for the development of this mega Power Plant for Namibia?

“Recent regular power cuts in Windhoek have raised concerns of NamPower’s energy generation stability, given that South African national power utility, Eskom, is said to have again communicated its inability to supply Namibia with electricity during this winter” (New Era Newspaper, July 4, 2011).

Namibia, with a population of slightly more than 2.2 million, has a dire need of electricity supply; hence the development of a reliable, clean, safe and adequate electricity generation plant to power the entire urban and rural areas in Namibia is regarded by some of the Namibian government officials as a matter of national security urgency.

The Country currently consumes about 2.9 Terawatts (TW) per year, which equals to about 400 Megawatts (MW) per month. Namibia Power Corporation (Pty) Ltd (NamPower), a national power utility company of Namibia, currently generates about 35% or 1.2 TW of electricity from its Hydro Power Plant in Ruacana, Coal Plant in Windhoek, and Diesel Power Plant in Walvis Bay and imports about 65% or 1.4 TW of its electricity requirements from South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the DRC for distribution in Namibia.

South Africa has been the primary source for electricity generation for Namibia since the beginning of time. However, about 15 years ago, it informed NamPower that by around 2013, it will no longer be able to supply electricity to Namibia. South Africa has since reduced its electricity supply to Namibia in 2011 and it only accounts for 10%. Zimbabwe has also been supplying 150 MW of electricity to Namibia. However, it has informed NamPower about 10 years ago that by around 2013 it will also cut off its supply to Namibia.

In mid-November 2010, His Excellency President Pohamba and his counterparts from Zambia and Botswana inaugurated the Caprivi Link Interconnector, an N$2.4 billion (US$348 million) electricity line financed by NamPower to supply 300 MW with a capacity of 600 MW of electricity to Namibia, Zambia and Angola. But, that’s not sufficient because it’s shared among the three countries and it may experience frequent congestion depending on which country’s heavy usage at any given time.

Groot Property Group (Pty) Ltd (GPG), a Namibia-based premier rapid industrial development and foreign direct investment management company, focuses on implementing applied neuroeconomics and systems dynamic to efficiently explore, develop, and manage self-sustained ecosystems for the slow-developing and stagnant economies in selected developing countries.

Its prime focus is to explore, develop, and manage upscale multifarious rapid industrial ecosystems specifically designed to help improve and fast-track the reduction of poverty and unemployment, address income inequalities, increase economic outputs, improve the quality of life, and strengthen the performance, growth and development of national economies.

GPG is developing a rapid industrial ecosystem with more than 60 different projects which includes Groot Town Center, Wire and Cable Plant, Mini Steel Plant, Engineering College, and more related industrial projects that would enable us to realize our goals for our ecosystem development in Namibia.

One of these projects is a 900 MW Gas fired Power Plant (Groot Power Plant) to provide a cleaner, safer, reliable and more cost-effective electricity supply for the entire urban and rural areas in Namibia. By developing this Power Plant, it will be able to meet Namibia’s electricity needs by supplying it to NamPower at may be N$0.38 per KWh and export the difference of 727 MW to the neighboring countries at a market prevailing price of around N$0.42 per KWh.

When Groot Property Group has implemented its full Groot ecosystem within 5 years, the ecosystem by itself will consume 400 MW of electricity a month, exactly the same amount as what Namibia currently consumes, making it the largest NamPower’s single customer.

This is a development project for Namibia, to be majority-owned by the Namibians. This Groot Power Plant is not a project funded or owned by American based or owned companies. And we are developing this Power Plant to help make Namibia to be no longer a net-importer of electricity but to be self-sufficient in electricity generation and production for the first time in the history of our beloved Namibia.

I appreciate you reading this far and please feel free to post your comment thereto or contact us with any comments, feedback or questions. This is our latest update for our effort to help rapidly develop our beloved country, Namibia.

NamPower’s Sole Mandate to the Kudu Gas Field is Not Good for Namibia?

Today this morning, I have an important meeting with the British, and then later with our lawyers. Here is the pressing problem; perhaps for more than 13 years now, NamPower has been sitting around trying to develop a gas-fired electric generation station in Southern Namibia, and because of that, it has a pending Agreement with the developers of the Kudu gas field, which this field is not yet operational, because there’s no downstream customer for it.

But because of NamPower’s pending Agreement with them, it gives NamPower a sole and anti-competitive mandate that prevents other companies from having access to the Kudu gas field.

And here is a more issue. The Kudu gas field has more than 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas, or may be up to 13 billion, enough to easily provide efficient, safer and reliable natural gas for electricity production for Namibia for the next 30 years.

But NamPower has been sitting on this mandate for all these years, and when a Company like ours is coming in wanting to develop a larger power generation station that can be ready for operational by December 2014, and provide efficient, cost-effective, safer, and reliable electricity for the entire Namibia, then the developers of the Kudu gas field cannot look at signing another Agreement with another downstream customer like us because of the Agreement that NamPower has pending, unsigned, with them.

What we want is for NamPower to step back, and let us in, so they can simply focus on electricity transmission and distribution to Namibia and we do the work; produce electricity for NamPower. We have the money (financiers) and technical know-how, which NamPower doesn’t have yet, and we can develop this 900 MW gas fired Power generation sooner than what it has taken NamPower to do, more than 13 years now.

Also, there’s a land that we want in Uubvlei in Oranjemund for the development of this Power Station. This land has been allocated for the development of a power station, but again NamPower is just sitting on it, and no one else can have access to it.

This land is near the Kudu gas field and it’s economical viable for us to have this land for the development of our power plant. It costs more than US$1 million per Kilometer to build a gas pipe from the Kudu gas field which is about 170 Kilometers in the Atlantic ocean.

If we get a land in let’s say, Rosh Pinah for our power plant, Rosh Pinah is nearly 200 Kilometers to the Kudu gas field, so it will cost us more than US$200 million just to build a gas pipe, and by building this gas pipe from far away, it may not be safe to have a gas pipe laying stretching across the country, anything can happen to it.

My meeting with the British today this morning is to discuss about our need for them to disregard NamPower’s pending Agreement and consider signing with us. Also, my meeting with our lawyers today, and yes, we have some of the best lawyers in the country, is for them to review all these issues; the NamPower’s pending agreement with the developers of the Kudu gas field and the land in Uubvlei.

And if it comes to that point, we may have to go to court for these two issues.

The Kudu gas field is and has been un-operational. It does not currently produce natural gas. It is just laying there, from the beginning of time, the natural gas is just there, and here, Namibians don’t have adequate and cheaper electricity. We continue importing from elsewhere, when we have the gas laying around there doing nothing.

The developers of the Kudu gas field will not start to develop it until they have at least a guaranteed downstream agreement for the next 25 – 30 years. That means, if they sign an Agreement with us, it will take them at least 2 years to make the Kudu gas operational to supply us with a natural gas for our planned and ready for development 900 MW gas fired Power Plant.

You have seen NamPower’s electricity saving TV commercial in recent days. It is their plan to have that “sharing plan”, that during the peak zone, you should unplug your electric appliances and sometimes, your electricity may be turned off during non-peak hours to save electricity.

The NamPower Coal Plant in Northern Industrial costs more than N$1 million a day to run it. The NamPower hydro power plant in Ruacana, hydro electricity is one of the most expensive form of electricity generation. And, NamPower is not a profitable company in electricity, it doesn’t earn profit from its electricity business. Per each unit it imports, it loses nearly N$0.02.

Our plan is to develop this 900 MW gas fired electricity generation that will be more than enough for NamPower to supply reliable electricity to Namibia enough to power the whole of Namibia for the next 30 years and may be help make NamPower a profitable company.

All I want is for NamPower to step back from the development of their long-planned and waited 800 MW gas fired power plant, and let us do it. They have been trying to do this for more than 13 years now, and to date, they are far from getting it started.

We are ready, our engineers are ready and our financiers are ready, to develop and build this power generation and have it operational by December 2014, and that will make Namibia become self sufficient and never import electricity from anywhere else, ever.