Major Power Plant in Botswana to be constructed in expansion plan
Japanese’s Marubeni Corporation and South Korea’s Posco Energy have jointly won an $800 million tender to expand Morupile B power plant in Botswana to
add 300MW to 600MW currently produced.
Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources , Kitso Mokaila said a number of challenges had been encountered causing undue delays in bringing the power plant into operation but that remedial actions were being taken.
Through a 30-year power purchase agreement, the construction firms will recover their costs by selling the power to the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC).
Construction is scheduled to start late this year with the first power produced added into the national grid by May 2020.
The power plant had experienced some challenges last year prompting the shutting down of one unit on January 15th.
He further noted that unit three had completed the prescribed tests on February 26th and was currently producing power and connected to the BPC transmission system.