source: Sunday Standard
by Spencer Mogapi
Botswana is likely to experience power outages that were so much a regular feature of 2008 and 2009.
Unless the Morupule B project in Palapye is completed well on time, the power cuts, popularly known as load-shedding, are again expected to plod back and start haunting the prospects of Botswana’s economy, the recovery of which has, to date, remained fragile, slow and uncertain.
Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, has confirmed that due to long turnaround time for energy projects, Morupule B, which is already under construction, remains Botswana’s only hope in the short to medium terms.
The Minister, however, reiterated his position that Government will continue to facilitate conditions to allow Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to enter the [continue reading]
Six local and South African banks have teamed up to provide the P1.4 billion required for the expansion of Morupule Colliery.
This comes amid reports that construction at the adjacent power station is moving ahead of schedule.
Morupule Colliery is expanding from one to three million tonnes of coal per year in order to meet increased demand from the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)’s Morupule A and Morupule B power stations, which are presently under construction. When completed, Morupule A and B will pump out 820 megawatts, consuming 2.8 million tonnes of coal per annum. With development ongoing at the P11 billion Morupule B project, the commencement of [continue reading]
The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) could abandon the Morupule B Phase II, under which 600 megawatts would have been pumped into the national grid, adding onto the 600 MW expected from Phase I, which is presently under construction.
Originally, it was planned that Morupule B Phase I and II would jointly add 1,200 to the national grid and – together with 120 megawatts from Morupule A – would have sealed the nation’s power needs in the long-term.
This week, however, it was revealed that strategists within the BPC and government are considering scrapping Phase II and instead adding two units to Phase I. Thus, Phase I would consist of 900 megawatts when complete.
BPC Director of Transmissions, Edward Rugoyi said the possibility of adding two units to Phase I and [continue reading]
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The country’s sole power station, Morupule, will soon undergo a multi-million Pula refurbishment designed to restore the 25-year-old plant to “dependable capacity,” following a long period of poor performance.
The ageing equipment and infrastructure at the Palapye power station has resulted in the 120 megawatt plant operating at about 50 percent capacity this year, with either one or two of its four units down at any given time.
Consequently, the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has been forced to import up to 86 percent of the nation’s power supplies this year, while implementing a load shedding schedule to curb demand side pressures.
Previously, the BPC’s cost-benefit analysis weighed against refurbishing the power station; estimated investment for sprucing up the plant and associated network infrastructure would have been about P500 million, against a benefit of 120 MW, less than 25 percent of current national maximum demand. The BPC also preferred to focus its finances on the Morupule B Phase I project which – when complete in [continue reading]
The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will soon start construction of the long-awaited multi-million pula transmission line through which power from the 600-megawatt Morupule B Power Station will be brought to Greater Gaborone.
The 400-kilovolt line from the Morupule B Power Station to the Isang sub-station is one of key works in the 600-megawatt station’s development. The transmission line is essential for securing Gaborone’s future power supplies as its capacity creates room for the capital city’s growth.
The project, estimated at between P150 million and P300 million, involves the installation of towers, transmission lines, conductors and other machinery along the [continue reading]
Botswana has received a US$136 million (P943 million) loan from the World Bank as part finance for the 600 MW Morupule B power stations currently under construction in Palapye.
Morupule B power station is seen as the sustainable long-term solution to Botswana’s power shortages, particularly in the face of the decreasing imports from South Africa.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gaborone yesterday, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Kenneth Matambo said the project is of great strategic importance to the country, as it will contribute to the national energy security and spur economic growth, thus improving the [continue reading]