Namibia Water Undermined by Commodity Volatility

27 Feb 2014
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With the announcement on 12 February 2014 that Paris-based AREVA SA would not be selling the 55,000 m3/d desalination plant at its Trekkopje, Namibia uranium mine, Namibia’s water supply situation has been uprooted at a time of prolonged drought. The Namibia water utility, NamWater, is no closer to acquiring the facility and the approximately 17,000 m3/d it sources from the plant to meet municipal and industrial demands is at significant risk.

Bluefield Takeaways

  • NamWater aims to reduce reliance on private desal water supply
  • Trekkopje highlights risk for nuclear-focused water supplies
  • Industrial sector remains a regional mainstay for large-scale water treatment