Govt Moves to Ensure Sufficient Power Supply

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says government is in the process of procuring Independent Power Producers to ensure long term security of power supply.

Delivering his 2014 State-of-the Nation Address on Thursday, President Khama said the procurement was for the construction of an additional 300MW from a Brownfield site at Morupule B site, as well as 300MW from a Greenfield site.

The construction of these additional power plants, over the next few years, President Khama said would give the country the capacity to ultimately become a net exporter rather than importer of electricity.

In his 2008 State of the Nation Address, the President stated that transforming the nation from an energy deficit to surplus nation had become a new development priority.

President Khama said, “We knew from the beginning that this was a mammoth task, which along the way was made all the more difficult by the setbacks we continue to suffer in bringing the Morupule B Power Station fully online.”

However, with Morupule B capable of producing up to 600MW when at full capacity, supplemented by plants at Orapa and Matshelagabedi to meet spikes in demand, he said government should be able to cater for domestic energy needs.

He stated that given that access to electricity and thus overall consumption has been steadily increasing since the establishment of the National Electricity Standard Connection Cost Programme in 2010, catering for future, as well as current domestic energy demand remained a priority.

As at April 2014, he noted that the Programme had enabled 58,470 new households to connect to the national grid, with household access to electricity now standing at about 70 per cent.

In terms of settlements, he said 76 per cent, which is 373 out of 492 gazetted villages had been electrified.

This, he said was being increased with the electrification of another 28 villages, during the current financial year, whilst network grid extension was ongoing in 24 village.

Furthermore, under the petroleum sub-sector, President Khama said the construction of the 149 million litres strategic storage facility at Tshele Hills was ongoing and government had also put in place a quality monitoring programme of petroleum products to protect consumers and the environment.

“Additionally, we continue to make efforts to ‘green’ the energy sector through various renewable energy initiatives.

The 1.3 MW Solar power plant is producing green power as expected, avoiding significant carbon dioxide emissions,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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