AfDB Approves 153 Million for Botswana Power Project

source: allAfrica
African Development Bank
(Tunis)
2 November 2009
SPONSOR WIRE

Tunis — The project involves the construction of a 600-MW (4 x 150 MW) coal fired power plant and associated transmission infrastructure. The Morupule B plant will be located adjacent to the existing Morupule A plant, and connected to the national grid by two new transmission lines.

Designed to help the country achieve energy self-sufficiency, the project will, on completion, support economic growth and reduce poverty. Botswana has, until now, relied on the importation of electricity to meet its growing demand (500 MW in 2008 and around 600 MW projected for 2012). In 2008, 80% of the electricity supplied in Botswana consisted of imports from neighbouring countries, notably from South Africa. The remaining 20% was generated by the country’s Morupule A, a 25-year-old plant.

However, as a result of the acute energy crisis in the region, neighbouring countries are rapidly reducing exports to Botswana, and the country has been forced to resort to [continue reading]

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